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How Mossad Deceived the U.S. Military on 9/11

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 17, 2008

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

How Mossad Deceived the U.S. Military on 9/11

by Christopher Bollyn

1 April 2005

Mossad, Israel’s military intelligence agency, infiltrated the most sensitive computer networks in the United States through a little start-up company known as Ptech, in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Most notably, it was this infiltration that allowed the events of September 11, 2001 to occur.

If the crimes of 9/11 had been properly investigated, these people would have been investigated and booked long ago. The Mossad connection is obvious; read on:

In order to facilitate the computer network penetration, Mossad set up a IT consultancy and software provider named Ptech using Lebanese and Arabs as the front-man financiers and founders and keeping their Jewish American “sayan” in a secondary, but critical position.

First a note of background on what Ptech did, from the January 2005 article “Michael Chertoff and the sabotage of the Ptech investigation” on the Rigorous Intuition weblog:

“Joe Bergantino, a reporter for WBZ-TV’s investigative team, was torn. He could risk breaking a story based on months of work investigating a software firm linked to terrorism, or heed the government’s demand to hold the story for national security reasons. In mid-June, Bergantino received a tip from a woman in New York who suspected that Ptech, a computer software company in Quincy, Mass., had ties to terrorists. Ptech specialized in developing software that manages information contained in computer networks. “Bergantino’s investigation revealed that Ptech’s clients included many federal governmental agencies, including the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Naval Air Command, Congress, the Department of Energy, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, NATO, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Secret Service and even the White House.

“Ptech was doing business with every federal government in defense and had access to key government data,” Bergantino said.


The Mossad handler at Ptech was, in my opinon, an American named Michael S. Goff, who is disingenous about what he did, when he worked at, and when he left, Ptech.

It should be noted that Ptech “got on its feet in 1994.” Goff implies that he left Ptech when Goff Communications began in 1994; certainly not true.

Here is what Michael Goff’s website says about his work there:

Michael was marketing manager at Ptech, Inc., a leading provider of business process modeling, design and development software. In this capacity, Michael managed various marketing programs and activities including public relations, direct mail, Web development, collateral, trade shows and seminars. Additionally, Michael worked closely with the Ptech sales organization to perform competitive analysis as well as manage lead tracking and fulfillment activities. When Michael first joined Ptech, he shared responsibilities between marketing and information systems for the company. As information systems manager, Michael handled design, deployment and management of its Windows and Macintosh, data, and voice networks. As part of this effort, Michael developed Lotus Notes-based systems for sales and marketing lead tracking and IS service and support requests. Michael also performed employee training and handled all procurement for software, systems and peripherals.


From Goff Communications website, you will notice that one of his current prize clients is an Israeli company known as Guardium. Guardium is less than 5 miles from Hanscom AFB, site of MIT’s Lincoln Labs and about the same distance from Boston’s Logan Airport. The Israelis are all over MIT and Boston.


Guardium, a “database security” firm, is clearly a Mossad operation working in a critical area – the same area that the two planes that hit the World Trade Center originated – Boston’s Logan Airport.

Don’t take my word for it, look at who finances Guardium:
(this is from the Internet archive; the original vanished)

Three firms, all Israeli, and all manned by Mossad agents. It should be noted that Mossad’s headquarters are in Herzeliya. It is clear that the three firms, Cedar Fund, Veritas Venture Partners, and StageOne, are all Mossad funding outfits.

So, with Ptech, what we had was an American “sayan” [i.e. Jewish agent who works with the Mossad when necessary], Michael S. Goff, who had Mossad agents feeding him information and directing him WHILE he worked with his Lebanese Muslim “partners” in Ptech.

Now why would a young American lawyer working with a good law firm in his home town suddenly leave the practice of law and work with a dodgy start-up software company owned and financed by a Lebanese and a Saudi? Get the picture? Am I making sense?

Goff’s family is a well-respected an well-known family in Worcester, Mass. He had it made at a good law firm after leaving law school. Why the career change?

Mossad asked him to do it. For the good of the Jewish people, etc, etc.

Under Goff, Ptech software loaded with trapdoors and Trojan Horses was sold and loaded onto the MOST sensitive computer systems that failed miserably, or performed well (depending on your view), on September 11, 2001.

Goff’s father and grandfather, Samuel, were accountants who belonged to Worcester’s “Commonwealth Lodge 600 of B’nai B’rith”, whatever that group does for the American people. They were both 32nd Degree Masons. Does an apple fall far from the tree?

IMPORTANT NOTE to the non-corrupted FBI and U.S. Law enforcement agents: If you take a close look at the individuals who are running Guardium, and those behind the three companies who are financing this outfit, and interrogate them in Guantanamo for a few weeks, we will get to the bottom of who pulled of 9/11. I guarantee it.

Photo: Michael S. Goff – Mossad’s Point Man at Ptech

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9-11 and Israel’s Use of Terrorism to Coerce the West

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 17, 2008

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===


Chapter 2


9-11 and Israel’s Use of Terrorism to Coerce the West

By Christopher Bollyn

President George W. Bush, during his January 2008 visit to Israel, is flanked by Ehud Olmert and Shimon Peres, two Zionist terrorists involved in 9-11. Why are American leaders obliged to serve such criminals?

Why should they, the Americans, have trusted us?
We were a bunch of Russians; socialist Russians.

– Isser Harel, founder of Israeli intelligence,
on U.S. relations with Israel

The first chapter, “The Planes of 9-11,” explains that the Israeli military has a history of owning and operating private aircraft leasing and maintenance companies in the United States.

These privately-held aviation companies, created by the Israeli military and linked to its state-owned aviation industry, clearly had the capability and advanced avionics required to convert Boeing aircraft into remote-controlled guided missiles like those that apparently struck the World Trade Center (WTC) on 9-11.

Because the Israeli military had the capability to carry out the attacks, the evidence of Israeli prior knowledge raises a fundamental question that must be asked: Would the Israeli military conduct such an outrageous act of terror?

Millions of Americans have blindly accepted, without any proof, the government and controlled media’s tale that 19 Arabs, who lacked basic piloting skills, were responsible for the coordinated precision aerial attacks and subsequent carnage and destruction of 9-11.

On the other hand, the same government and media have shown absolutely no interest in probing the evidence or looking into the many unanswered questions surrounding the attacks.

There can only be one logical explanation for the persistent avoidance of the evidence by the institutions that should be leading the investigation. It is obviously because the evidence does not fit or contradicts the fictitious tale they have presented to the public.

The number of people who realize that the government and media have lied about 9-11 is large and growing. The pack of lies surrounding the attacks has been thoroughly exposed and can no longer be defended.

Unable to defend their fictional tale against the evidence presented by honest scientists and writers, the defenders of the lie use disinformation, defamation, and slander to try and contain the truth from spreading like wildfire.


While the evidence is clearly indicative of Israeli prior knowledge, commonly-held misconceptions about Israel and ignorance of Zionism’s brutal history of terrorism prevent most people from comprehending the Israeli connection with 9-11. The ignorance of Zionist history, cultivated by the controlled media, prevents people from understanding the present reality.

In order to understand 9-11, it is essential to have a grasp of the history of previous Israeli attacks on the United States. This chapter examines a few little-known, but key events in the history of Israeli false-flag terror attacks and the Zionist planners behind them. The names and events discussed in this chapter are at the center of Zionist terrorism, false-flag and otherwise.

“False-flag” terrorism means an act of terror planned and perpetrated by one party for the purpose of having the blame assigned to its enemy for political or strategic purposes. 9-11, like many other major terror attacks and those which have plagued occupied-Iraq for years, are textbook false-flag operations. False-flag attacks are designed to foment hostility or instigate war between groups or nations.

Only very rarely has the United States, oceans away from the conflicts of Europe and Asia, actually been attacked by foreign militaries. The British invasion during the War of 1812 and the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 are the only two foreign attacks, prior to 9-11, that come to mind.

Although 9-11 is disguised and interpreted by the government and media as an act of Arab terrorism, the evidence indicates that it was a carefully planned false-flag attack carried out by the Israeli military after years of planning and preparation.


This is not a hypothesis that can be easily dismissed as based on mere speculation or prejudice. There is solid evidence that Israeli intelligence agencies had prior knowledge of 9-11, which is indicative of involvement in the attacks.

Public statements made by key terror suspects, the five jubilant “movers,” for example, who were actually Israeli intelligence agents, indicate that they possessed prior knowledge of the attacks.

In November 2001, after being released from two months in U.S. custody, three of the five agents appeared on Israeli television and admitted, in plain Hebrew, that their purpose had been to document the event. The Israeli interviewer did not ask the men who had sent them, but it is quite clear they were working for an agency of the State of Israel.

After being released in November 2001, three of the five Mossad operatives appeared on Israeli television and openly admitted that their “purpose had been to document the event.”

The five fake movers from Urban Moving Systems of Weehawken, New Jersey, were actually operatives of the Israeli secret services. The five Israeli agents, described in early news reports as “Middle Eastern,” had been sought by the FBI and New Jersey authorities after they were observed celebrating and photographing the destruction of the World Trade Center.

The Israelis made a video of themselves with the burning towers behind them as they flicked their cigarette lighters, laughed, and celebrated as hundreds of innocent people were being roasted alive. Reportedly, they had worn Palestinian or Arab garb, which was later found in their van.

Two of the five Israelis, who were caught with multiple passports, box cutters, thousands of dollars stuffed into their socks, and driving a van that tested positive for explosives, were actually on a list of foreign agents known to U.S. law enforcement authorities at the time.

ABC News did a follow up on the Israeli agents in June 2002:

The arresting officers said they saw a lot that aroused their suspicion about the men. One of the passengers had $4,700 in cash hidden in his sock. Another was carrying two foreign passports. A box cutter was found in the van. But perhaps the biggest surprise for the officers came when the five men identified themselves as Israeli citizens.

‘We Are Not Your Problem’

According to the police report, one of the passengers told the officers they had been on the West Side Highway in Manhattan “during the incident” — referring to the World Trade Center attack. The driver of the van, Sivan Kurzberg, told the officers, “We are Israeli. We are not your problem. Your problems are our problems. The Palestinians are the problem.” The other passengers were his brother Paul Kurzberg, Yaron Shmuel, Oded Ellner and Omer Marmari.

The five “movers” were evidently part of a much larger Israeli terror operation in New York City. The Urban Moving Systems company was later exposed as a Mossad “front” company, a fake agency set up to facilitate their terror operation. An American who worked with the company said he was shocked to see that the Israeli employees had openly rejoiced over the attacks.

In November 2001, the five Israeli agents and terror suspects were returned to Israel on “visa violations” although they had repeatedly refused to take, and then failed lie detector tests about their involvement in 9-11.

Instant messages warning of the attack at the WTC, precise to the minute, sent via the Mossad-owned Odigo messaging system hours before the first plane hit the North Tower, are further evidence that members of Israeli intelligence agencies had very specific and accurate knowledge of the terror attacks – long before they occurred.

In a complex and elaborately planned crime of mass murder and terrorism like 9-11, possession of specific prior knowledge like that held by the fake Israeli movers and the senders of the Odigo messages is clearly evidence of involvement in the crime.

Had the recipients of the Odigo warnings contacted the responsible authorities in New York, thousands of lives would have been saved. If these people were not complicit in the crime, why didn’t they contact the authorities?

Taking the evidence of Israeli prior knowledge into consideration with the Israeli military’s capability to launch such a sophisticated false-flag terror attack, the obvious question has to be asked: Would Israeli military agencies commit such an atrocious act of terrorism in the United States in order to achieve a strategic goal?

The question whether Israeli strategic planners would conduct a false-flag terror attack against the United States, their most powerful ally, in order to fix the blame on the Arabs, their enemies, raises several specific questions:

1. Has the Israeli military conducted false-flag terror attacks against the United States in the past?

2. If so, are there links between the people or agencies involved in the previous terror attacks and 9-11?

3. Is there a strategic goal for which Zionist planners would conduct such an extremely dangerous and sophisticated terrorist operation?

4. If so, has that strategic goal been realized as a result of 9-11?

The answer to all four questions is yes.

The Israeli military has a documented history of conducting military and false-flag terror attacks against the United States. It also has a history of withholding information from the United States about threats it is aware of.

Specific Zionist extremists are, furthermore, the prime suspects with the strongest motive for having carried out 9-11. The Zionist motive was to kick-start their long-planned U.S.-led “War on Terror” with a spectacular terror attack against the United States.

Like any other crime, solving 9-11 requires that we diligently investigate those suspects with strong motives and prior histories of committing similar crimes. There are a number of senior Israeli suspects who fit this description.

On the other hand, there is no reasonable Arab motive to attack the World Trade Center or Pentagon. Why would Arabs or Moslems commit such a counter-productive act? Why would any Arab organization commit a senseless crime knowing that it would invite a U.S. military invasion of their nation or another Islamic nation? The Arab/Islamic terror scenario makes very little sense.


On the other hand, senior officials of the Israeli government, the Mossad, and Israeli military intelligence, an organization known as “Aman,” have a long history of carrying out false-flag terror attacks against the United States and Britain, at least as far back as the bombing of Jerusalem’s King David Hotel on July 22, 1946.

The bombing of the luxury hotel was ordered by Menachem Begin, the head of the Irgun, an active Zionist terrorist organization during the 1930s and 40s. Begin later became prime minister of Israel, a position he held during the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, which was led by Ariel Sharon, then minister of defense.

Menachem Begin, the Polish-born head of the terrorist gang Irgun, and the King David Hotel he ordered bombed in 1946. “Everything was coordinated with the Haganah,” prime minister Begin later told the Israel Broadcasting Authority.

Irgun and Haganah terrorists, disguised as Arabs, set off 7 large demolition bombs in the basement of the King David Hotel, which was the base for the British Secretariat and the military command in British-occupied Palestine. 91 people were killed, most of them staff of the secretariat.

The attack on the hotel was the deadliest attack against the British in the history of the Mandate. To this day, the Zionist bombing of the King David Hotel is the terrorist act which has caused the greatest number of casualties in the history of the Israeli-Arab conflict. Zionist extremists, however, are proud of the terrorist bombing as one of their actions that compelled the British to give up the Mandate over Palestine.

David Ben Gurion, the head of the Haganah militia, supported the bombing. Although the Haganah publicly condemned the bombing afterwards, many researchers insist that the Haganah directly authorized the bombing.

David Ben Gurion (on left), the Polish-born leader of the Haganah, authorized the bombing of the King David Hotel. Ben Gurion, who developed Zionist terrorism as a tool to coerce the West, meets with his junior partners in terror, Shimon Peres and Moshe Dayan,


“Everything was coordinated with the Haganah,” former prime minister and Irgun leader Menachem Begin declared in a film clip from the Israel Broadcasting Authority’s “Scroll of Fire” series.


Members of the Irgun, which carried out scores of terror bombings in the 1930s and 40s (and its political successors in the Likud party) hold the world view that “political violence and terrorism” are “legitimate tools in the Jewish national struggle for the Land of Israel,” according to Arie Perliger and Leonard Weinberg, authors of “Jewish Self Defense and Terrorist Groups Prior to the Establishment of the State of Israel: Roots and Traditions.”

In July 2006, the former prime minister and leader of the Likud, Benjamin Netanyahu, attended a two-day 60th anniversary celebration of the King David Hotel bombing with former terrorists of the Irgun and Haganah. The event was organized by the Menachem Begin Heritage House, the University of Haifa, and the Association of IZL [Irgun] Fighters.

The seminar was held “to mark the 60th anniversary of the bombing of the King David Hotel, Jerusalem, by members of the United Resistance Movement (Haganah and Irgun),” The Jerusalem Post noted in its pre-event notices. The newspaper specifically noted that members of the Haganah and Irgun had been involved in the terrorist bombing.

One of the terrorists even led a tour of the hotel he had bombed. The fact that the American-educated right-wing politician and terror specialist, “Bibi” Netanyahu, had participated in a two-day event celebrating the bombing of the King David Hotel was reported in the Jerusalem Post, and in leading newspapers in Britain, France, and India – but not a single word about the event was printed in the controlled press of the United States, the nation supposedly fighting a “War on Terror.”

“It’s very good,” Benjamin Netanyahu, Zionist extremist and terror specialist, said on 9-11 – about the attacks which were thought to have killed more than 6,000 Americans.

Netanyahu’s conspicuous role as the main speaker at an event celebrating an act of terrorism was not reported in any U.S. newspaper until Patrick Buchanan mentioned it in his article entitled “Moral culpability for Qana,” on August 2, 2006.

Buchanan’s comments, however, appeared only in independent regional newspapers in Pittsburgh, Wyoming, and Ohio:

Rubbing our noses in our own cravenness, “Bibi” Netanyahu took time out a week ago to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the terror attack on the King David Hotel by Menachem Begin’s Irgun, an attack that killed 92 people, among them British nurses. This was not a terrorist act, Bibi explained, because Irgun telephoned a 15-minute warning to the hotel before the bombs went off.

Right. And those children in Qana should not have ignored Israeli leaflets warning them to clear out of southern Lebanon.

Our Israeli friends appear to be playing us for fools.


In 1946, The Times described the Irgun as “terrorists in disguise.”

Sarah Agassi, 80, was one of the “terrorists in disguise” involved in the bombing of the King David Hotel.

She and a fellow agent had cased out the hotel. Her brother and other terrorists had disguised themselves as Arabs delivering milk and brought seven milk cans, each containing 50 kg. (110 lbs.) of explosives, into the basement of the hotel.

There were important strategic reasons for the bombing, according to the Jerusalem Post of July 27, 2006:

The bombing was a direct response to the events of the British Operation Agatha and the Black Sabbath of June 29, 1946, during which 17,000 British soldiers confiscated weapons and intelligence documents and arrested thousands of leaders of the Yishuv and Hagana activists.

The documents, brought to the King David headquarters, revealed most of the Yishuv’s operational plans and incriminated the Jewish Agency in the leadership of the United Resistance, as well as the IZL and the Lehi, against the British.

The evidence would be used to try the Jewish activists and, quite possibly, to hang them.

Twenty-five fighters took part in the carefully-planned and precisely executed bombing. Six of them, dressed as Arab laborers, placed the seven milk cans filled with 350 kg. of explosives, fitted with timers set to go off in 40 minutes, around the central support beam of the hotel’s southern wing. Others spread explosives along the roads leading to the hotel to prevent reinforcements and emergency medical crews from arriving at the scene.


Netanyahu is the son of Ben Zion Netanyahu (born Mileikowsky in Warsaw, Poland). Ben Zion was the former senior aide of Vladimir “Ze’ev” Jabotinsky, the militant extremist founder of Revisionist Zionism and the Irgun.

Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu is a leading advocate of the teachings of Jabotinsky. On July 8, 2007, Netanyahu was the keynote speaker at an event at the Jabotinsky Institute to mark the 67th anniversary of the death of the founder of the Irgun.

The Irgun, a Zionist terrorist organization dedicated to creating Greater Israel, is the political parent of Israel’s extreme right-wing Likud party, which Benjamin Netanyahu currently heads.

The Irgun was the “armed expression” of Revisionist Zionism, which was expressed by Jabotinsky thusly, according to Howard M. Sachar, author of A History of Israel from the Rise of Zionism to Our Time:

· Every Jew has the right to enter Palestine;

· Only active retaliation [i.e. terrorism] would deter the Arabs and the British;

· Only Jewish armed force would ensure the Jewish state.


Netanyahu is also a terrorism specialist who has made a career out of promoting the Zionist notion of a global “War on Terror” since the early 1980s.

On September 11, 2001, the New York Times asked Netanyahu what he thought of the attacks:

“It’s very good,” Netanyahu said, apparently unable to contain himself.

Who else, but a hardened terrorist involved in the crime, would use the word “good” to describe 9-11?

As James Bennet of The New York Times reported on September 12, 2001:

Asked tonight what the attack meant for relations between the United States and Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, the former prime minister, replied, “It’s very good.” Then he edited himself: “Well, not very good, but it will generate immediate sympathy.”

In 2006, the Jerusalem Post and other newspapers reported on Netanyahu’s outspoken support for the terrorists who had bombed the King David Hotel in 1946. The Irgun’s chief of operations at the time of the bombing was Eitan Livni, the father of the current Israeli Foreign Minister “Tzipi” Livni.

The high-level political connections in Israel with the Irgun terrorists of the 1940s are an indication of the degree of terrorist influence on the Israeli political establishment, The Hindu [India] wisely noted in an article entitled “Celebrating Terror, Israeli-style” on July 24, 2006.

“We do not think that it is right for an act of terrorism, which led to the loss of many lives, to be commemorated,” Britain’s Ambassador to Israel, Simon McDonald, and its consul-general in Jerusalem, John Jenkins, protested weakly in a letter to the local Israeli administration in Jerusalem.


Eight years after the bombing of the King David Hotel, the State of Israel carried out a series of false-flag terror bombings against U.S. and British libraries, theatres, and other government institutions in Egypt in a terror campaign designed to be blamed on Egyptian groups.

This Israeli terror campaign of July 1954 is often referred to as the “Lavon Affair” after Pinhas Lavon, the Israeli defense minister at the time.

In June 1967, thirteen years after the Lavon Affair, the Israeli air force and navy deliberately strafed, bombed, napalmed, and torpedoed an unarmed U.S. vessel, the USS Liberty, and tried to kill all of the nearly 300 crew members, simply to achieve a strategic war-time goal.

Recently released documents from the National Security Agency (NSA) confirm that the United States government at the time had evidence that the Israelis had deliberately attacked the USS Liberty knowing it was a U.S. vessel.

Oliver Kirby, the NSA’s deputy director for operations at the time of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, confirmed the existence of the transcripts to John Crewdson of the Chicago Tribune, saying he had personally read them:

Asked whether he had personally read such transcripts, Kirby replied, “I sure did. I certainly did.”

“They said, ‘We’ve got him in the zero,'” Kirby recalled, “whatever that meant — I guess the sights or something. And then one of them said, ‘Can you see the flag?’

They said ‘Yes, it’s U.S, it’s U.S.’ They said it several times, so there wasn’t any doubt in anybody’s mind that they knew it.”

Kirby, now 86 and retired in Texas, said the transcripts were “something that’s bothered me all my life. I’m willing to swear on a stack of Bibles that we knew they knew.”

The Main Battle Dressing Station on the USS Liberty was described as a “bloody scene reminiscent of the American Civil War.” The Israeli torpedo and machine guns took a terrible toll on the Liberty’s crew, killing 34 and wounding 172.


The Israeli planes involved in the attack reported directly to the commander of the air force, Maj. Gen. Mordechai Hod. Hod (a.k.a. Mordechai Fein or “Moti” Hod) was the Commander of the Israeli Air Force during the 1967 Six-Day War. Hod was from Kibbutz Degania, like Moshe Dayan, the defense minister he served under.

Maj. Gen. Mordechai “Moti” Hod, IAF Commander (1966-1973)

Hod left the military in 1975 and created CAL, an Israel air cargo company. Oddly, after only two years he left the company he started and became chief executive of El Al airlines from 1977 to 1979. In 1985, he founded an un-named security company, according to his obituary in The Guardian (UK) from June 2003. From 1987 until retirement in 1993, he was the chairman of Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI).

ICTS, the Israeli airport passenger screening and security firm, is a key defendant in the 9-11 litigation. The ICTS website says this about the company: “ICTS International N.V. was founded in 1982 by a select group of security experts, former military commanding officers and veterans of government intelligence and security agencies.”

An employee of ICTS told me in 2001 that Huntleigh USA, their wholly owned airport security subsidiary, had handled passenger screening at Boston and Newark airports on 9-11. As a matter of fact, the Mossad-owned company probably had people at every airport involved in any way on 9-11.

The ICTS company website says as much: “In 1998, ICTS International N.V. made a strategic decision to focus on the US market. The following year, it acquired Huntleigh USA Corp., which provides airline passenger screening services at 47 US airports, including all the international aviation gateways in the USA.”

The ICTS company developed out of El Al (the Israeli-state airlines) security. The Israeli airline security firm went through a number of name changes as it began providing “security” to European and American airports. Mordechai Hod’s relationship with the Mossad-run “security” company at the center of 9-11 will be examined in a chapter about ICTS and 9-11.

Moshe Dayan, defense minister during the Six-Day War, was a close associate and political ally of Shimon Peres. In 1965, former prime minister Ben Gurion and his closest followers, including Shimon Peres and Moshe Dayan, broke away from the ruling labor party, Mapai, and formed a separate minority faction, the Rafi or Workers’ List.


The U.S. government, military, and media all went along with the cover-up of the deliberate attack on the USS Liberty to avoid blaming Israel for the murder of 34 American servicemen, 26 of whom died from the torpedo blast, and the wounding of some 173 others. Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, certainly knows who made the decision to attack the U.S. vessel in 1967.

The USS Liberty after being bombed, napalmed, shot, and torpedoed by the Israeli air force and navy

The Crewdson article reveals that the Israelis knew very well that the USS Liberty was an American vessel in international waters – before they fired the torpedo that killed 26 U.S. servicemen in one fell swoop:

Twenty minutes later, after the Liberty had been hit repeatedly by machine guns, 30 mm cannon and napalm from the Israelis’ French-built Mirage and Mystere fighter-bombers, the controller directing the attack asked his chief in Tel Aviv to which country the target vessel belonged.

“Apparently American,” the chief controller replied.

Fourteen minutes later the Liberty was struck amidships by a torpedo from an Israeli boat, killing 26 of the 100 or so NSA technicians and specialists in Russian and Arabic who were working in restricted compartments below the ship’s waterline.


Lt. James M. Ennes, Jr., an officer on the bridge of the USS Liberty, wrote his first-hand account of the Israeli attack in a 1979 book entitled Assault on the Liberty. Lieutenant Ennes’ book is documentary evidence that the Israeli attack was deliberate and not an accident of war.

Ennes describes how Israeli torpedo boats repeatedly machine-gunned Liberty sailors fighting the napalm fires on deck and shot her life rafts in the water while an oversize U.S. flag flew from its mast.

The Israeli torpedo killed 26 U.S. servicemen and left a hole 39 feet across.

The shooting of the life rafts indicates that the Israelis did not want anyone to survive the assault and intended sinking of the U.S. vessel.

Steve Forslund, an intelligence analyst for the 544th Air Reconnaissance Technical Wing in 1967, saw the transcripts from the Israeli pilots and their ground control as they came off the teletype machine at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha.

“The ground control station stated that the target was American and for the aircraft to confirm it,” Forslund recalled. “The aircraft did confirm the identity of the target as American, by the American flag.

“The ground control station ordered the aircraft to attack and sink the target and ensure they left no survivors.”

Forslund said he clearly recalled “the obvious frustration of the controller over the inability of the pilots to sink the target quickly and completely.”

“He kept insisting the mission had to sink the target, and was frustrated with the pilots’ responses that it didn’t sink.”

Chief Petty Officer Stanley W. White, president of the Liberty Veterans Association, said, “The Israeli planes and gunboats spent more than one hour hitting us with rockets, napalm bombs, torpedoes, cannon and machine-gun fire. They machine-gunned our firefighters on deck and they shot our life rafts out of the water…I don’t know of a single member of our association who believes that attack was an accident.”

There are three reasons that have been given as to why the Israelis wanted to sink the U.S. electronic reconnaissance vessel:

To prevent the U.S. from knowing that Israel was planning to seize the Golan Heights from Syria;

To prevent the U.S. from obtaining evidence that Israeli troops were slaughtering some 1,000 Egyptian prisoners of war near Gaza;

To destroy the U.S. vessel that was capable of discerning that Israel was sending false communications to Jordan and Egypt to keep them in the war until the Israeli military achieved its territorial goals on the ground.

“U.S. intelligence documents indicate the Israelis attacked the Liberty deliberately. They feared she would monitor their plans to attack the Golan Heights in Syria – a move the United States opposed for fear of provoking Soviet military intervention,” James Ennes said.

Wilber Crane Eveland, an author formerly with the CIA in the Middle East, wrote that the Liberty had intercepted messages that “made it clear that Israel had never intended to limit its attack to Egypt.”


The Tribune article reported that the NSA’s deputy director at the time, Louis Tordella, speculated in a recently declassified memo that the attack “might have been ordered by some senior commander on the Sinai Peninsula who wrongly suspected that the Liberty was monitoring his activities.”

The activities that needed to be hidden included the slaughter of some 1,000 Egyptian POWs.

Aryeh Yitzhaki of Bar Ilan University, who had worked in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) history department, said in an August 1995 interview with Israel Radio that a reconnaissance unit, known as Shaked (Almond), headed by Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, had killed hundreds of Egyptians who had abandoned their weapons and fled into the desert during the 1967 war.

Yitzhaki said he had investigated six or seven separate incidents, in which approximately 1,000 unarmed Egyptian prisoners of war had been killed by IDF units.


Sixteen years later, 241 U.S. Marines died when a Mercedes truck packed with explosives demolished their barracks at Beirut International Airport on October 23, 1983. A similar explosion occurred nearly simultaneously at the French military barracks a few kilometers away, killing 56 French troops.

In the wake of the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, President Ronald Reagan sent 1,800 marines to Beirut to act as “peace keepers.” Ariel Sharon and the Israeli leadership, however, resented the interference and used the U.S. presence to commit a false-flag operation that killed 241 marines, according to Victor Ostrovsky in his book on the Mossad, By Way of Deception.

Ostrovsky, a former Mossad officer, reported that Nahum Admoni, the Mossad director at the time, had very specific information about the truck being prepared for the attack on the U.S. Marines but had intentionally withheld this crucial information from the U.S. military.

“No, we’re not there to protect Americans. They’re a big country. Send only the regular information,” Admoni reportedly said.

Admoni, the son of Polish immigrants, was director of the Mossad from 1982 to 1989. In 1947-48, Admoni had served in the Shai, the Haganah intelligence branch headed by Isser Harel, and later in the newly created IDF Intelligence, Aman. After the 1948 war, Admoni studied at the University of California, Berkeley, until 1954.

The purpose of the false flag terror bombings in Lebanon was to create U.S. animosity toward the Arab world and align the U.S. with Israel, according to Ostrovsky. There had been an earlier car bomb at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut on April 18, 1983, which had killed 17 Marines. The bombing compelled the Marines to move offshore and President Reagan ordered them to be withdrawn from Lebanon on February 7, 1984.

The Beirut bombing was the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States Marine Corps since the Battle of Iwo Jima. Israeli intelligence is suspected of having been involved in the bombings in Lebanon.


The ultimate goal of creating U.S. animosity toward the Arab world is the Zionist mega-fraud known as the “War on Terror.” With its U.S.-led invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, the “War on Terror” is the realization of an important strategic goal for Israeli military planners.

To have the armies of the U.S. and European nations occupying Iraq, the most powerful and advanced Arab nation, has always been the dream of Zionist strategic planners. Benjamin Netanyahu, for example, has explicitly called for such a global “War on Terror” since the early 1980s.

Although it is never mentioned as such in the controlled press, it needs to be understood that the “War on Terror” with its pre-planned invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, constitutes a war of aggression.

To prepare for and carry out a war of aggression is the most serious war crime, i.e. a Crime against Peace under the Nuremberg Principles of 1950. The United States and its allies convicted and literally strangled to death dozens of senior Nazis at the Nuremberg trials for having committed such war crimes.

In the aftermath of 9-11, the U.S. government failed to prove that the terror attacks had been planned, sponsored, or executed by members of the ruling Taliban regime prior to invading Afghanistan. Six years after invading that nation, the U.S. government has yet to prove that any link existed between the Taliban regime and 9-11.

Nor is there any evidence of involvement by any member of the regime of the former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Furthermore, the charges that the Iraqi regime had obtained weapons of mass destruction, trumpeted by senior officials of the Bush administration and Judith Miller of the New York Times, turned out to be nothing but lies crafted solely for the purpose of deceiving the public and provoking another illegal invasion.

The passage of time does not make a war of aggression and occupation any less illegal.


There are key people involved in the 1954 Israeli terror bombings of the U.S. Information Agency libraries in Alexandria and Cairo who held high-level positions in the Israeli government of 2001. There are other Israelis, with long histories of terrorism and strategic planning, who revealed having very specific prior knowledge of 9-11 long before 2001.

The highest Israeli intelligence official at the time of the Lavon Affair, Isser Harel, was evidently aware of the long-term planning of 9-11 — more than twenty years before it happened.

In 1980, twenty-one years before September 11, 2001, Isser Harel, the former director of Haganah intelligence, the Shin Bet (internal) and the Mossad (foreign) intelligence services, predicted with uncanny accuracy the events of 9-11 to Michael D. Evans, an American supporter of Zionist extremists of the Jabotinsky sort.

On September 23, 1980, Evans visited Harel at his home in Israel and had dinner with him and Dr. Reuven Hecht, a senior adviser to then prime minister Menachem Begin.

Isser Harel, Israeli spymaster and master terrorist, who – in 1980 – discussed his knowledge of the plan to bomb the WTC.


In an editorial entitled “America the Target,” published in The Jerusalem Post of September 30, 2001, Evans related what Harel had told him:

I sat with former Mossad chief Isser Harel for a conversation about Arab terrorism. As he handed me a cup of hot tea and a plate of cookies, I asked him, “Do you think terrorism will come to America, and if so, where and why?”

Harel looked at his American visitor and replied, “I fear it will come to you in America. America has the power, but not the will, to fight terrorism. The terrorists have the will, but not the power, to fight America – but all that could change with time. Arab oil money buys more than tents.”

As to the where, Harel continued, “New York City is the symbol of freedom and capitalism. It’s likely they will strike the Empire State Building, your tallest building [he mistakenly thought] and a symbol of your power.”

In another article, entitled “Jimmy Carter: Radical Islam’s Ally,” Evans related the same story about Harel:

My last question was would terrorism ever come to America. “You have the power to fight it,” he said, “but not the will. They have the will, but not the power. All of that will change in time. Yes, I fear it will come to New York and your tallest building, which is a symbol of your fertility.”


Michael D. Evans is a Zionist Jew who disguises himself as a Christian. Here Evans meets with Menachem Begin, the former terrorist head of the Irgun who ordered the bombing of the King David Hotel. Evans was told by Isser Harel of the Israeli plan to bomb the World Trade Center in 1980, about the time of this photo.

In 2004, Evans published a book entitled The American Prophecies, Terrorism and Mid-East Conflict Reveal a Nation’s Destiny. In a subsequent interview, published under the title “Is America in Bible Prophecy?” with Deborah Caldwell, Evans explains what Harel meant about fertility symbols:

Caldwell: So extrapolating from the scenarios of the Bible, what do you believe is our nation’s future, based on prophecy?

Evans: The story of prophecy that has to do with the Jews goes all the way through to the end of the Book of Revelation. Jesus prophesied in Matthew 24. The disciples said, “What shall be the signs of the coming of the ends of the age?” And he said, “The first sign would be deception.” Now, there’s never been greater deception then what happened on September 11, 2001.

Caldwell: Why do you say that America’s story is contained within biblical prophecies?

Evans: America stepped into the eye of a prophetic storm when it took covenant with both Ishmael and Isaac, the sons of Abraham, the Arab and the Jew…

Most of the Bible talks about this battle between these two brothers, and we’re right in the middle of that.

On Sept. 23, 1979, the founder of Israeli intelligence over dinner told me that America was developing a tolerance for terror. The gentleman’s name was Isser Harel, the founder of Mossad Israeli intelligence — he ran it from 1947 to 1963.

He told me that America had developed an alliance between two countries, Israel and Saudi Arabia, and that the alliance with Saudi Arabia was dangerous and would develop a tolerance for terror among Americans. He said if the tolerance continued that Islamic fundamentalists would ultimately strike America.

I said “Where?”

He said, “In Islamic theology, the phallic symbol is very important. Your biggest phallic symbol is New York City and your tallest building will be the phallic symbol they will hit.” Isser Harel prophesied that the tallest building in New York would be the first building hit by Islamic fundamentalists 21 years ago.


Mike Evans with Ehud Olmert, the mayor of Jerusalem who made a secret visit to New York City – on the day before 9-11. Olmert met with Israelis connected to the Florida operations on Sept. 10, 2001.

The “Is America in Bible Prophecy?” interview with Evans is published on-line on Beliefnet, a Zionist propaganda network disguised as a religious website. Steven Waldman is CEO, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Beliefnet. Previously, Waldman was National Editor of US News & World Report, National Correspondent for Newsweek in the Washington bureau and editor of the Washington Monthly. One of Beliefnet’s directors is Michael S. Perlis, the former President of the Playboy Publishing Group.

Steven Waldman of Beliefnet

Think about this for a minute. The founder of Israeli intelligence tells an American Zionist in 1980 that Arab terrorism will come to America and that the terrorists will strike the tallest building in New York City. His bizarre prediction, which makes no sense, then comes to pass 13 years later with a hapless and thoroughly fake attack in 1993, evidently arranged by the FBI.

The FBI-coordinated false-flag terror event is followed, 8 years later, by a spectacular, well-planned, and extremely lethal attack which kills thousands. How did Isser Harel know what the Arab terrorists had planned more than two decades before 9-11?


Under David Ben Gurion, Isser Harel was the former chief of Haganah intelligence (Shai) from 1944, the Shin Bet from 1948, and the Mossad until 1963. Admoni, the Mossad director who refused to warn the U.S. Marines in 1983, had served under Harel.

Given his unique position and penchant for terrorism as a means of coercion, the uncanny accuracy of Harel’s prediction says more about the years of Israeli planning that went into 9-11 than it does about any criminal plots of alleged Arab origin.

After nearly two decades as the head of Israeli intelligence, Ben Gurion reportedly asked Harel to resign in 1963 because of his use of terrorism bombings as a means of coercion against the West.

Harel, as director of the Mossad, had initiated “The Damocles Operation” of the early 1960s, which was a terror bombing campaign to threaten German scientists from helping Egypt develop its defense systems.

Isser Harel, head of Israeli intelligence in 1961

Two Mossad agents were arrested and jailed in Switzerland for using terror bombs against German scientists. The wife of one scientist was killed in a mysterious explosion, a second scientist disappeared, and the secretary of a third scientist was blinded and mutilated by a mail bomb in Cairo.

As Ian Black and Benny Morris, authors of Israel’s Secret Wars: A History of Israel’s Intelligence Services, wrote:

Dr. Heinz Krug, director of a Munich-based Egyptian front company called Intra, had disappeared mysteriously and was presumed murdered in September 1962.

On 7 October Harel [Isser Harel, Mossad head] left for Europe ‘to personally supervise authorized operations and the special collection programme.’

In November, Aman [IDF intelligence] sent several letter bombs to the rocket installations in Egypt and one of them, a large parcel that had been mailed by sea from Hamburg, killed five Egyptians. Someone with a black sense of humour dubbed the campaign ‘post mortem.’

It should be noted that Yosef Goell, a columnist with the Jerusalem Post, published an editorial entitled “Isser Harel and the German Scientists” on February 22, 1991, in which Israel’s international newspaper delivered a threat of Harel-type terrorism to European scientists and companies doing business with Arab nations:

The directors and managers of those firms and the experts who work for them should be reminded that they are playing with their lives and the welfare of their families. It would be well if they went back and studied the episode of Isser Harel and the German scientists in Nasser’s missile program of the 1960s.


The Lavon Affair, or “the shameful affair” (Esek Habish) as it is known in Hebrew, was an Israeli false-flag terror bombing campaign against the United States and Britain that was carried out in Egypt in 1954.

Israeli military intelligence had set up a terror cell of sleeper agents in Egypt, which was activated in July 1954 to blow up U.S. and British targets.

The Israeli operation was code-named “Susannah.” The false-flag terrorist bombings were meant to be blamed on Egyptians in order to alienate the U.S. and Britain from President Gamal Abdul Nasser and prevent Egypt from nationalizing the Suez Canal.

The Lavon Affair is seldom discussed in the media or in university courses on Middle Eastern history. Strict censorship in the Israeli media even prevented the Israeli public from knowing about the affair for many years.

Only in 2005, fifty-one years after the bombings, did Israel finally admit responsibility for its 1954 false-flag terrorist bombing campaign in Egypt.

The false-flag terror bombings were carried out between July 2 and July 27, 1954 by a covert terror cell composed of about one dozen Egyptian Jews under the command of Israeli intelligence agents.

The Israeli-run terror cell was discovered and broken up on July 27, 1954, when one of its members was caught in Alexandria after the bomb he was carrying exploded.

An Israeli terrorist cell, Unit 131, was reportedly responsible for the terror bombings. At the time of the terror bombings, Unit 131 is said to have been the subject of a dispute between Aman and Mossad over who controlled it. How convenient.

The Egyptian operatives had been recruited several years before, when an Israeli intelligence officer named Avram Dar went to Cairo posing as John Darling, a British citizen from Gibraltar. Dar recruited Egyptian Jews, who had helped with illegal emigration to Israel, and trained them for covert operations.

The Israeli terror cell went to work in the summer of 1954. On July 2, a post office in Alexandria was firebombed. On July 14, the U.S. Information Agency libraries in Alexandria and Cairo and a British theater were bombed. The bombs contained nitroglycerine and were placed on the shelves of the libraries.

After the terrorist cell was discovered, three of the Israeli terrorist commanders succeeded in fleeing Egypt and the fourth committed suicide. After the trial in Cairo, two of the accused Egyptian Jews were condemned to death and executed, and eight were condemned to long terms of imprisonment.


The Israeli prime minister and foreign minister at the time, Moshe Sharett, was evidently unaware of the intrigue, which had apparently been carried out by disciples of David Ben Gurion, namely Isser Harel, Moshe Dayan, and Shimon Peres.

Sharett (born Shertok in Cherson, Ukraine) was Israel’s first foreign minister (May 15, 1948 – June 18, 1956) and second prime minister (Dec. 7, 1953 – Nov. 2, 1955). Sharett held both positions at the time of the Israeli terror campaign.

Sharett, who appears to have known nothing about the terror ring, only became informed of the facts afterwards.

In October 1953, shortly before Ben Gurion took a two-year hiatus in the Negev Desert leaving Sharett in charge, he appointed Pinhas Lavon, a staunch supporter of the “retaliation” [i.e. terrorism] policy, as minister of defense, and nominated Moshe Dayan as chief of staff of the armed forces.

When Sharett was told of Ben Gurion’s decision to nominate Dayan as chief of staff, he penned this note in his diary: “The new chief of staff’s immense capacity for plotting and intrigue-making will yield many complications.”


Pinhas Lavon, Israel’s minister of defense at the time of the terror bombings, was part of a group of military leaders who advocated the use of terrorism against the Western nations, particularly Britain and the United States. This group included the Polish-born immigrants David Ben Gurion and Shimon Peres (Szymon Persky), and Moshe Dayan, the kibbutznik son of Ukrainian immigrants.

In January 1955, Sharett wrote about Lavon to Aharon Barkatt, secretary general of the Mapai party:

He [Lavon] inspired and cultivated the negative adventuristic trend in the army and preached the doctrine that not the Arab countries but the Western Powers are the enemy, and the only way to deter them from their plots is through direct actions that will terrorize them.

When the Israeli terrorist plot against Britain and the U.S. was exposed, Ben Gurion blamed Lavon, who, in turn, blamed Col. Benjamin Givli, another Ben Gurion protégé and the head of Aman, Israeli military intelligence. Lavon said that Givli had organized the covert operation behind his back.


Prime Minister Sharett, however, had “no doubts about the guilt of the Dayan-Peres-Givli clique,” according to the late Israeli historian Livia Rokach, the daughter of Israel Rokach, the former mayor of Tel Aviv and minister of internal affairs in the Sharett government:

For him [Sharett], the question of who gave the order was secondary to the necessity of pronouncing a judgment on the ideology and politics of Israel’s terrorism. Therefore, while he had no doubts about the guilt of the Dayan-Peres-Givli clique; to him Lavon’s political responsibility was also inescapable.

As Sharett wrote about Lavon on January 10, 1955:

[People] ask me if I am convinced that “he gave the order?”… but let us assume that Givli has acted without instructions… doesn’t the moral responsibility lie all the same on Lavon, who has constantly preached for acts of madness and taught the army leadership the diabolic lesson of how to set the Middle East on fire, how to cause friction, cause bloody confrontations, sabotage targets and property of the Powers [and perform] acts of despair and suicide?”

As a “moderate Zionist,” Sharett believed that Israel’s survival would be impossible without the support of the West, Rokach wrote, but that Western “morality” and interests in the Middle East would not support a Jewish state which “behaves according to the laws of the jungle” and “raises terrorism to the level of a sacred principle.”


In May 1947, Ben Gurion drafted Shimon Peres into the Haganah high command, where he was initially put in charge of manpower and later became involved in arms procurement and production.

Peres served as chief of the naval department in 1948 and was sent to the United States in 1950 on an arms procurement mission.

Peres was instrumental in acquiring weapons for the Haganah and establishing the Israeli defense industries, especially the aircraft and avionics industries, according to his biography. He is also known as the godfather of the Israel’s hi-tech defense industries and illegal nuclear arsenal.

Peres built an alliance with France that secured a source of arms, and was responsible for the program to develop nuclear weapons for Israel, convincing the French to help Israel build a secret nuclear reactor at Dimona in the Negev Desert in 1957.

It was Peres who acquired the French advanced Dassault Mirage III jet fighters that the Israeli air force used to attack the USS Liberty in 1967.

About Shimon Peres, whom Sharett considered to be one of the key planners of the terror bombing campaign of U.S. institutions in Egypt, he wrote this note in 1955:

Peres shares the same ideology [as Lavon]: he wants to frighten the West into supporting Israel’s aims.

Two years later, in 1957, Sharett wrote even more critically about Peres:

I have stated that I totally and utterly reject Peres and consider his rise to prominence a malignant, immoral disgrace. I will rend my clothes in mourning for the State if I see him become a minister in the Israeli government.

Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Olmert, Ariel Sharon, and Shimon Peres – the architects of Israeli terrorism

Sharett’s terrorism and violence-prone adversaries: Ben Gurion, Dayan, and Peres, however, prevailed and dealt “a crushing blow” to “the very hypothesis of moderate Zionism,” Rokach concluded:

In the final analysis the West, and in particular the U.S., let itself be frightened, or blackmailed, into supporting Israel’s megalomaniac ambitions, because an objective relationship of complicity already existed and because once pushed into the open this complicity proved capable of serving the cause of Western power politics in the region.

The immense profits that have flowed into the coffers of Western drug and oil cartels as a consequence of the Anglo-American control over the opium production of occupied-Afghanistan and the oil of occupied-Iraq amply illustrate Rokach’s point that Israeli false-flag terror is “capable of serving the cause of Western power politics in the region.”

As Rokach concluded in her study of Sharett’s diary and documents:

Just as Zionism, based on the de-Palestinization and the Judaisation of Palestine, was intrinsically racist and immoral, thus the West, in reality, had no use for a Jewish state in the Middle East which did not behave according to the laws of the jungle, and whose terrorism could not be relied on as a major instrument for the oppression of the peoples of the region.

By April 1957, Sharett realized that the hard-line terrorist faction headed by Ben Gurion and his protégés Dayan and Peres had won – and that he, and his vision of moderate Zionism, had lost:

I go on repeating to myself nowadays, “Admit that you are the loser!” They showed much more daring and dynamism…they played with fire, and they won…The public, even your own public, does not share your position. On the contrary…the public now turns even against its “masters” and its bitterness against the retreat [from Sinai and Gaza] is developing into a tendency to change the political balance in this country in favor of [the former Irgun terrorist leader Menachem] Begin.

“His [Sharett’s] defeat in internal Israeli politics reflected the ascendancy of the positions of Ben Gurion, Dayan and others [Peres] who were not reluctant to use force to attain their goals,” Noam Chomsky wrote in his forward to Rokach’s book:

His diaries give a very revealing picture of the developing conflict, as he perceived it, and offer an illuminating insight into the early history of the state of Israel, with ramifications that reach to the present, and beyond.

9-11 and the “War on Terror” are clearly two “ramifications” of the victory of the terrorist Zionists that “reach to the present.”

Had Moshe Sharett, the Israeli prime minister, “spoken frankly and directly to public opinion” and torn up “the mask of secrecy” surrounding the Israeli terror bombings, he could have changed the history of the Middle East, Rokach wrote:

At this point, Sharett could have changed the history of the Middle East had he spoken frankly and directly to public opinion, which was deeply troubled by the events in Egypt: the arrests, the trial, the executions, the contradicting rumors, the climate of intrigue surrounding the “Affair.” [By] tearing up the mask of secrecy, denouncing those who were responsible, exposing his true convictions in regard to Israel’s terroristic ideologies and orientations, [and] proposing an alternative, he could have created for himself the conditions in which to use the formal powers that he possessed to make a radical housecleaning in the security establishment. The impact of such an act would have probably been considerable not only in Israel itself but also in the Arab world, especially in Egypt. The downfall of Lavon on one hand and of the Ben Gurionist gang, headed by Dayan and Peres, on the other hand might have blocked Ben Gurion’s return to power, and in the longer range, the Sinai-Suez war. Events since then would have taken a different course.

Unfortunately, “the Ben Gurionist gang, headed by Dayan and Peres” came to power. Peres, who had served in high-level appointed positions, was elected to the Knesset in the 1959 elections. Peres, the former Director General of the Ministry of Defense under Moshe Dayan, then became the Deputy Defense Minister, a position he held until 1965 when he was implicated, with Dayan, in the Lavon affair.

On June 5, 1967, Israel started the Six-Day War when it launched a pre-emptive attack against Egypt and its air force. Yitzhak Rabin was chief of staff and Moshe Dayan was minister of defense during this crucial war that reshaped the Middle East.

Ben Gurion and his gang of Dayan and Peres formed a new party in 1965, Rafi, partly due to their involvement in the Lavon Affair. Dayan and Peres had worked closely together since their days in the Haganah.


Shimon Peres, a most unsuitable recipient of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize, has a long history of terrorism, which is evidently not well known in the West. Peres, the 84-year-old president of the State of Israel, has a documented record of involvement in terrorist crimes over a period of more than 5 decades.

Condoleezza Rice visits Shimon Peres, September 2007

Peres is a survivor of the struggle among Zionists between the militant hard-liners, who promoted the use of violence and terrorism, versus the softer “moderates,” who opposed terrorism and advocated the use of diplomacy.

Shimon Peres is a hard-liner. Born Szymon Persky in Wiszniew, Poland, on August 2, 1923, Peres is the first cousin of Lauren Bacall, the Brooklyn-born Betty Joan Persky. This relationship between the veteran hard-line Zionist and a Hollywood movie star is a good example of how Zionist Jewish families from the Pale of Settlement often established branches in Israel and the United States in the early 1900s.

In 1947, the Polish-born Zionist leader David Ben Gurion (born David Grün) met the 23-year-old Peres at Haganah headquarters and made him responsible for manpower and arms purchases for the underground Zionist militia he commanded in Palestine.

Ben Gurion and Shimon Peres (on left), 1969

Peres became a protégé of Ben Gurion. After the bombing of the King David Hotel and other terror killings by the Haganah and other Zionist terror gangs, the British withdrew from Palestine.

The armed gangs of Zionist immigrants and veterans of the Red Army then turned their terrorist skills, which some had gained during World War II, against the indigenous population of Palestine. Nearly 400 Palestinian towns and villages were completely obliterated or “ethnically cleansed” during the 1947-48 Zionist conquest of Palestine.

Peres was also the chief of the Israeli navy, whose main task at the time was the illegal smuggling of men and arms for the Zionist forces in Palestine.

When the 1947-48 war ended, Peres “assumed the position of Director of the Defense Ministry’s procurement delegation in the United States,” according to his biography.

As director of arms procurement in the United States, Peres was responsible for organizing illegal arms smuggling. Transfers of weapons and planes to Zionist forces violated the U.S. Neutrality Act.

Much of the Haganah arms smuggling activity was run from an office above the “syndicate-owned” Copacabana Club in New York City, where Peres and Teddy Kollek, the Hungarian-born son of the director of the Rothschild bank in Vienna, worked closely with the “crime syndicate” headed by the leading Jewish gangsters of the time.

After World War II, Kollek was sent to New York, where he worked as the Haganah representative and head of its weapons purchasing team in New York. Kollek worked from an office above the Copacabana nightclub in the Haganah’s Hotel Fourteen to arm the Zionist forces in British-occupied Palestine.

Ben Gurion and Haganah gun-runner Teddy Kollek

Also deeply involved in this criminal arms smuggling activities were the American Jews, Adolph “Al” Schwimmer and Hank Greenspun. Greenspun, the Las Vegas-based publicist for mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, was eventually pardoned for his crimes by President Bill Clinton, a close friend of the Greenspun family.

In 1951, at the request of Ben Gurion, Schwimmer and Peres founded Bedek, the military’s aviation firm that became Israel’s largest company, Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI).

Adolph W. Schwimmer, Zionist arms smuggler, and Ben Gurion

In 1952, the same year Ben Gurion made Isser Harel the head of the Mossad, he appointed Peres to be Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Defense.

The next year, at the age of 29, Peres became the youngest ever Director General of the Defense Ministry, a position he held until 1959. It is interesting to note that Peres never attended university or served in the army, according to Ha’aretz (Israel) of June 14, 2007.

As Director General, Peres was a founder of Israel’s military and its subsidiary, Israel Aircraft Industries. Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, put Peres in charge of the establishment of the Israel’s unlawful nuclear program and secret reactor at Dimona in the Negev Desert.

Peres has never been very popular with Israeli voters. Although he served twice as prime minister, he was never elected to that position. In 2000, he even lost a parliamentary election for the presidency to Moshe Katsav, an Iranian Jewish immigrant.

In July 2007, at nearly 84 years of age, Peres finally won the presidency, but only after Katsav was forced to leave office under a storm of allegations of rape and sexual misconduct.

One might wonder why an 84-year-old man would even want to be president. Is this an example of the maxim, “no rest for the wicked?” Is Peres still working because he needs to protect the critical secrets about 9-11 and the war agenda it launched?

Oddly, prior to 9-11, Peres, a politician from the left, held the most powerful positions of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister in a government led by a prime minister from the extreme right, Ariel Sharon. Sharon, now reportedly comatose, is a well known terrorist, war monger, and war criminal with a long record of committing atrocities in Palestine and Lebanon. Peres held these highest level positions in the Israeli government from March 3, 2001 until November 2, 2002.

Peres, godfather and chief architect of Israel’s high tech military and unlawful nuclear arsenal, is a person who has always supported the use of terror to coerce the West to support Israel’s strategic goals. He has been involved, at the highest level, in numerous covert false-flag terrorist operations, such as the Lavon Affair, which was even kept secret from the Israeli prime minister at the time.

Ariel Sharon and Shimon Peres, who both have long histories of terrorism, headed the Israeli government in 2001-2002

Did Peres use his senior position in a government of like-minded war mongering terrorists to launch the false-flag terror attacks of 9-11 in order to coerce the United States and the West into the Zionist planned “War on Terror?”

Shimon Peres has the credentials of a Zionist arch-terrorist. Furthermore, he has the record, the worldview, and the capability to be an architectural level planner of 9-11. Is Peres one of the masterminds behind the terrorist crime of the century? Were Isser Harel and Mordechai Hod also involved in the planning of 9-11?

To determine the identity of the architectural level planners of 9-11 we will need a better understanding of how the terrorist aerial attacks were carried out during and within the context of U.S. and international military anti-terrorist exercises and drills that included the exact scenario of a passenger plane crashing into a military building near the Pentagon.

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Holocaust revisionists and the hypocrisy of the French government

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 17, 2008

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Holocaust revisionists and the hypocrisy of the French government

By Paul Grubach

This is an open letter to France’s Ambassador to the US, Pierre Vimont, By Paul Grubach, January 15, 2008


Dear Ambassador Vimont

It has been reported that revisionist historian Robert Faurisson will face trial on charges that he made statements at the Iran Holocaust Conference in December 2006, which cast doubt on the d Holocaust.

As you know, the Gayssot Act of 1990 prohibits any public doubt in France about the Holocaust. This legal action was apparently initiated by former President Jaques Chirac. The duplicity, hypocritical double standards, and intellectual impotence of the French government are appalling. Offend Zionist Jews and the French government erupts in indignation.

Yet, if someone makes public statements that are offensive to Muslims, this is depicted as an expression of “free speech.”

The case of the high school philosophy teacher and author, Robert Redeker, illustrates the hypocrisy and double standard most clearly. In a commentary in the center-right daily Le Figaro, he made a scathing attack upon the Prophet Mohammed and the Islamic religion.

[Press TV is obliged to omit a certain Robert Redeker’s quote from the original text.]

The French government labeled his statements as “expressions of free speech.” He was not put on trial or dismissed from his job. After receiving death threats, including one from an online Islamic forum, Redeker went into hiding under police protection.

In a show of support, the French government came to the defense of Mr. Redeker. Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin called the threats “unacceptable.” He then added this most blatant falsehood: “We are in a democracy. Everyone has the right to express his views freely, while respecting others, of course.” (See The New York Times, 30 September 2006, p. A 3)

That this is an outrageous lie is demonstrated by the plight of Dr. Faurisson. In 1991 he was removed from his university chair on the basis of his Holocaust revisionist views under the Gayssot Act. Many years later he was given a three-month suspended jail term for Holocaust revisionist remarks he made on Iranian television in October 2006.

The double standard here is blatantly obvious. The French government defends a man who insults the Islamic religion, despite the fact that his statements are offensive to millions of Muslims. Indeed, not only did they defend his right to freedom of speech in a well publicized statement, but they offered him police protection as well.

Yet, this same French government allows a French professor to be removed from his university chair, orders criminal probes into his comments, and gives him a suspended jail sentence because of his Holocaust revisionist beliefs. This clearly falsifies Prime Minister Dominque de Villepin’s hypocritical claim that France is a democracy “where everyone has the right to express his views freely, while respecting others.” One has the right to insult and attack the Islamic religion and deny the existence of God, but Holocaust revisionists are not allowed to freely express their viewpoints. The free speech rights of revisionists like Dr. Faurisson are routinely violated.

Furthermore, it appears as though the policy of the French government to prosecute Holocaust revisionists is simply a reflection of the wishes of influential French Jews. It was reported in the February 4, 2006 issue of The International Jerusalem Post (p.10) that filmmaker Claude Lanzmann wants Holocaust revisionism to be outlawed. In his own words: “How do you fight against Arab denial of the Holocaust? Certainly not like in Western countries. But I don’t know, I’m not Sephardic…It has to be outlawed, like in France, that’s all.”

If you do prosecute Dr. Faurisson, this will not only demonstrate the French government’s hypocrisy, but it will also help to show that the Holocaust legend really is a weak and flimsy ideology that cannot be defended with reason and science. In a word, the Holocaust is a false doctrine that needs oppressive laws and prison sentences to protect it from rational criticism.

Sincerely, Paul Grubach

Holocaust revisionist and researcher Paul Grubach holds an Associate Arts degree in liberal arts, and a Bachelor of Science degree in physics, with a concentration in chemistry and minor in history, from John Carroll University (Ohio).

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The Coddled “Terrorists” of South Florida

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 17, 2008

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The Coddled “Terrorists” of South Florida

Anti-Castro Cuban exiles who have been linked to bombings and assassinations are living free in Miami. Does the U.S. government have a double standard when it comes to terror?

By Tristram Korten and Kirk Nielsen

15/01/08 “Salon” — – On a hot subtropical Sunday, deep in the humid brush bordering the Everglades west of Miami, Osiel Gonzalez squints down the worn barrel of an AK-47 rifle and squeezes the trigger. With a crack and kick the bullet whizzes over a field of neatly trimmed grass and hits a human silhouette on a paper target 40 yards away.

Gonzalez wipes the sweat off his brow and smiles. Perspiration stains the neck and armpits of his camouflage jacket. All around him are men in fatigues, some flat-bellied on the grass shooting rounds, others cleaning their weapons or picking through ammunition boxes. The air is thick with cigar smoke. At age 71, Gonzalez is still one of the best marksmen at this training camp for Alpha 66, the paramilitary Cuban exile group formed in 1961 “with the intention of making commando type attacks on Cuba,” as the organization’s Web site baldly puts it. Gonzalez hopes to put his skills to use when the second revolution comes, the one that will tear his homeland free from the grip of communist dictator Fidel Castro. At that point Gonzalez hopes to have a Cuban soldier in his sights, not a paper silhouette.

Plans to attack Cuba are constantly being hatched in South Florida. Over the years militant exiles have been linked to everything from downing airliners to hit-and-run commando raids on the Cuban coast to hotel bombings in Havana. They’ve killed Cuban diplomats and made numerous attempts on Castro’s life.

But, other than an occasional federal gun charge, nothing much seems to happen to most of these would-be revolutionaries. They are allowed to train nearly unimpeded despite making explicit plans to violate the 70-year-old U.S. Neutrality Act and overthrow a sovereign country’s government. Though separate anti-terror laws passed in 1994 and 1996 would seem to apply directly to their activities, no one has ever been charged for anti-Cuban terrorism under those laws. And 9/11 seems to have changed nothing. In the past few years in South Florida, a newly created local terrorism task force has investigated Jose Padilla and the hapless Seas of David cult, and juries have delivered mixed reviews, but no terrorism charges have been brought against anti-Castro militants. The federal government has even failed to extradite to other countries militants who are credibly accused of acts of murder. Among the most notorious is Luis Posada Carriles, wanted for bombing a Cuban jet in 1976 and Havana hotels in 1997. It is, perhaps, a testament to the power of South Florida’s crucial Cuban-American voting bloc — and the political allegiances of the current president.

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U.S. Court of Appeals decides that at Guantanamo, torture’s part of the job, but not to worry, the victims aren’t people

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 17, 2008

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U.S. Court of Appeals decides that at Guantanamo, torture’s part of the job, but not to worry, the victims aren’t people

Suppose a United States Court of Appeals decided that even if torture is illegal, torturers cannot be prosecuted because “torture is a foreseeable consequence of the military’s detention of suspected enemy combatants.” And suppose the same court when approached by plaintiffs who have alleged that “high-level U.S. government officials treated them as less than human,” told those plaintiffs that the court itself did not regard them as “persons.” Would such a legal ruling merit great attention in the Washington Post or the New York Times? Apparently not.

What the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decided last Friday, was that, as James Oliphant reported in the Baltimore Sun, “even if torture and religious abuse were illegal, defendants were immune under the Constitution because they could not have reasonably known that detainees at Guantanamo had any constitutional rights.”

As Eric Lewis, a lawyer for the detainees said, “It is an awful day for the rule of law and common decency when a court finds that torture is all in a days’ work for the secretary of defense and senior generals.” It is also an awful day when the leading newspapers in America regard this event as worthy of nothing more than a cursory mention.

What the federal court of appeals has in effect done is to undergird a culture of torture. They have concocted a legal defense for individuals who might want to shield themselves behind a line of defense that failed the Nazis: we were just following orders. And they have constructed a legalistic artifice that dovetails into the mindset that facilitates torture: the de-humanization of the victims.

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400 groups sign charter for European Muslims

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 17, 2008

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400 groups sign charter for European Muslims

By Teresa Küchler and Leigh Philips

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – Some 400 Muslim groups met in Brussels on Thursday (10 January) to sign a charter for the Muslims of Europe, describing the rights and responsibilities of Muslims within European society.

“The charter is a message to government and the rest of society, but also directed at Muslims within Europe,” said Ibrahim Elzayat, a spokesperson for the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE), the co-ordinator of the process that resulted in the historic document.

“It describes how we should act as positive citizens in the societies in which we live and not be a threat,” he continued. The groups hope that the charter will help correct negative images of Islam and improve relations between Muslims and non-Muslims in Europe.

The charter has been in development since 2000, when FIOE launched a debate on the establishment of such a document.

The attacks on New York and Washington of 11 September, 2001, gave the process added impetus, and FIOE formed a committee to draft a charter that would set out the general principles for a better understanding of Islam by non-Muslim Europeans and the bases for integration of Muslims in European society.

Leadership representatives from many of FIOE’s member organisations discussed the charter, which was then presented to the groups at a seminar in Brussels in 2002. The project was then widely disseminated in order to incorporate the opinions of as many organisations and Muslim individuals as possible. The process took almost six years.

Representatives of the European Parliament welcomed the Charter.

“The charter amounts to a code of good conduct for Muslims in Europe which commits them to taking part in building a united society,” said parliament vice-president Mario Mauro.

Mr Mauro, of the conservative Forza Italia party, is responsible for relations between the parliament and religious groups.

“It pledges Muslims to helping create harmony and well-being in our societies and to fully playing the role of citizens in upholding justice, equal rights and respect for difference.”

The document contains 26 separate points, with a number of clauses that undoubtedly are aimed at dispelling myths about links between Islam and violence, as well as clarifying the meaning of terms such as ‘jihad’.

“The term Jihad that occurs in Islamic texts means to exert all efforts towards good, starting from reforming oneself to spreading truth and justice between people,” reads the document.

“Jihad in its understanding as warfare is regarded as one of the means available to any sovereign state when it needs to defend itself against aggression. The teachings of Islam, in this respect, are in line with international law.”

“Based on such an understanding of Jihad, Islam rejects violence and terrorism, supports just causes and affirms the right of all people to defend themselves by legitimate means.”

FIOE represents some 29 mostly Sunni Muslims organisations and more than 1000 local groups, including the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), the Union des organisations islamiques de France (UOIF) and the Islamische Gemeinschaft in Deutschland (IGD).

Moving up the EU’s political agenda
The role of Muslims in Europe and European attitudes towards Islam has moved up the political agenda in the European Union, with the bloc officially celebrating the year of intercultural dialogue this year.

One of the first personalities to mark the year is Ahmad Badr Al-Din Hassoun, the Grand Mufti of Syria, who will talk to MEPs on Tuesday (15 January).

Meanwhile, centre-right euro-deputies discussed EU-Islam relations last week. Focusing on religious education in schools, EU culture commissioner Jan Figel said that in most European schools, students are separated according to faith and are taught separately and only about their own religion.

He said Brussels would try and encourage member states to review school curricula, as well as mobility in their educational systems.

Swedish Conservative MEP and vice chairman of the EPP-ED group, Gunnar Hökmark, told EUobserver that even in countries that are not very religious, such as his native Sweden, people should know more about religion, if for no other reason than to be able to distinguish what is not religion.

“People wrongly link violence and terrorism to Islam,” the MEP said.

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‘Little Mosque’ creator talks about racism

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 17, 2008

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‘Little Mosque’ creator talks about racism

Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun

Published: Monday, January 14, 2008

“As Muslims, we have a right to be racist and sexist,” says Zarqa Nawaz, creator of the hit Canadian TV comedy, Little Mosque on the Prairie.

The Muslim comedian was making a joke with serious intent in Vancouver Friday as she talked about the hypocritical reactions many in the West have to Muslims’ misdeeds and foibles.

Speaking to about 1,000 people at the University of B.C., Nawaz said she thinks the only reason fundamentalist Mormons who illegally practise polygamy in the Kootenay region of B.C. are allowed to stay in Canada is “they’re not Muslims.” (In some foreign cultures, Muslims practise polygamy).

Wearing an elegant hijab, Nawaz also said she found it amazing that while Muslim women are condemned for wearing burkhas over their faces, few are upset when Western women are made to feel unattractive or ashamed for refusing to wear little or no clothes.

Nawaz’s talk kicked off a St. John’s College lecture series titled Manufacturing Islam.

The creator of the internationally syndicated TV show talked about how Hollywood actress Rachel McAdams was sent home after she showed up for a photo shoot with Vanity Fair and refused a demand to take off all her clothes if she wanted to join some other hot actresses on the magazine’s cover.

“Every woman should have the right to wear what she wants to wear,” said Nawaz, to applause from the ethnically diverse audience.

Nawaz, whose TV show includes both Muslim and non-Muslim characters who are racist and otherwise imperfect, says it’s difficult when many people in the West act as if one Muslim who does something sexist, bigoted or violent is stereotypical of all Muslims.

“We are not monolithic,” said Nawaz, a Canadian Muslim of Pakistani origin who was born in England and has been living in Saskatchewan (where her TV show is set) with her husband, a psychologist, and her four children. There are roughly 800,000 Muslims in Canada.

“Extremes exist in all societies,” she said, to more applause.

Although Nawaz said some in the West are developing a healthy curiosity about Islam, much work has to be done to counter stereotypes.

She highlighted the disturbing findings in the book, Real Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People, which cites more than 1,000 movies since 1900 that have portrayed Muslims and Arabs as dangerous “threats to civilization.”

Nawaz held up Little Mosque on the Prairie, which is watched by about 1.2 million Canadians each week and is being syndicated in countries such as Israel, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Finland and France, as a Canadian attempt to bring a “little light” to the largely sinister global image endured by Muslims.

Nawaz found it appalling that the small town of Herouxville, Que., last year brought in laws banning immigrants who don’t allow women to drive or show their faces, or who publicly beat or burn females.

Nawaz noted that the white, Francophone, Catholic-rooted town of Herouxville has no Muslims, and virtually no immigrants.

Nawaz said her CBC show, which is gently humorous, has been criticized in the media for not dealing more directly with Muslims who are terrorists or engaging in international armed conflict.

In response, Nawaz wondered why commentators never criticized the TV show, Seinfeld, which is about a New York Jewish comedian, for failing to deal with the contentious issue of Jewish settlements in Palestinian territory.

Quoting Jewish Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace prize recipient, Elie Wiesel, Nawaz said to further applause: “No human race is superior and no religion is inferior. Every race and religion has its share of good and bad people.”

Nawaz’s talk is to be followed by panel discussions with noted international Muslim scholars on the next three Saturdays at St. John’s College, all starting at 2 p.m.

The panel topic on Jan. 19 is “Gendering Muslims.” On Jan. 26, it’s “Managing Muslims,” and on Feb. 2, the title is “Islam and Law.”

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Time to acknowledge Bhutto’s flawed track record

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 17, 2008

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Time to acknowledge Bhutto’s flawed track record

By John L. Esposito

Monday, January 14, 2008

The world will long remember Benazir Bhutto as a modern Muslim woman who served two terms as Pakistan’s first woman prime minister: bright, attractive, articulate, talented, courageous, charismatic, an astute politician and political leader who called for a secular democratic Pakistan. Benazir was all of these, but – like her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and a number of other Pakistani political leaders – she also left a flawed political track record that both reflected and contributed to many of Pakistan’s problems.

Benazir Bhutto was an avowed reformer who in two terms as prime minister failed to bring major political or social change; a leader who did little for the overwhelming number of poor Pakistanis who live in a feudal society; a celebrated feminist who, despite promises as prime minister, did little to improve women’s status or reverse Mohammed Zia-ul-Haq’s so-called Islamization policies; a secular democrat whose leadership of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and governance as prime minister reflected Pakistan’s feudal politics, with a record of widespread corruption and human rights violations that were severely criticized by international organizations.

Like her father, Benazir Bhutto exerted power through an increasingly tough autocratic style, one-person dominance or rule. She declared herself head of the PPP for life and made no provision for leadership from among her many talented party leaders since the PPP was to remain a family legacy as witnessed by recent the “selection” of her son and husband to succeed her.

The recent political responses to Bhutto’s assassination highlight the key problems or fault lines endemic to Pakistani politics today – problems that have been exacerbated exponentially in a post-9/11 world. Both Presidents George W. Bush and Pervez Musharraf were quick to blame Al-Qaeda and other Muslim extremists, and to simply place the assassination within the context of the war on global terrorism and the forces opposed to democracy.

But as dangerous as these forces are, especially with the growth of Pakistani rather than foreign fighters, this single-minded scenario ignores the long-standing conflicting currents in Pakistani politics: a deep-seated and unresolved identity problem regarding the relationship of Islam to Pakistani national identity and politics; the role of Islamic parties and movements and their clashes with a Westernized elite; a strong military that has resulted in many years of military, rather than democratic, rule; and the role of feudal political leaders.

Although Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Pakistan’s founder and first leader, saw Pakistan as a Muslim homeland, his more socio-cultural understanding was not that of many other more “religiously minded” leaders. Thus, while Pakistan adopted a Western political structure, many Pakistanis took the country’s Islamic identity quite literally and seriously – as Ayyub Khan, an early military ruler and modernist, learned when he had to back off his attempt to drop Pakistan’s title as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, a secular socialist, would himself turn to Islam after the Pakistan-Bangladesh civil war in 1971 in order to build bridges to Arab countries, counter the Jamaat-i-Islami (Islamic Party) and other religious parties, and reinforce his popular base. However, the appeal to Islam would prove to be a two-edged sword as the Bhutto-appointed head of the army, Zia-ul-Haq, would use Islam to legitimize his coup, the execution of Bhutto and the “Islamization” of Pakistan.

Where do we go from here? The Pakistani-American “war on terrorism” and “promotion of democracy” have in fact resulted in a dangerous increase of the former and a threat to the latter. Religious extremism and terrorism have grown in Pakistan. Extremists will only benefit from the current crisis. Islamic politicians and parties (mainstream and extremist) have increased their electoral clout, both in the 2002 elections and subsequently nationally, including control of both the North West Frontier Province and Baluchistan.

Musharraf’s promotion of democracy has at best been a fig leaf, both in terms of the manipulation of electoral politics and the role of the military. Though Musharraf took off his uniform, the generals remain a powerful and influential force capable of intervening at any moment. And regrettably, the tragic assassination of Benazir Bhutto has resulted in a new stage of Bhutto family feudal leadership of the PPP – only this time minus the charisma, talents and experience of Benazir.

Moving forward will require an enlightened leadership. At a time when widespread anti-Americanism (more accurately, opposition to the Bush administration) in Pakistan has become even more entrenched – as it has in many parts of the Muslim and non-Muslim world – one can at least hope for the laying of some groundwork for the emergence of future leaders.

Musharraf should begin with the restoration of some semblance of democracy by reconstituting Pakistan’s Supreme Court, announce a more specific timetable for national elections, and seek to work more closely with mainstream and political leaders rather than exploit the current fluid situation and thereby contribute to greater instability. The United States, given its political and military power, retains the ability and leverage to play a more constructive role in Pakistan – but that will require not simply looking for another “American candidate” to install as Pakistan’s leader.

John L. Esposito, university professor and founding director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, is co-author of

“Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think.” THE DAILY STAR publishes this commentary in collaboration with the Common Ground News Service.

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Bush’s war on terror leaves Pakistan drowned in blood: Sharif

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 17, 2008

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Bush’s war on terror leaves Pakistan drowned in blood: Sharif

By: Tehran Times on: 16.01.2008

ISLAMABAD (The News) — Former prime minister and head of Pakistan Muslim League-N Nawaz Sharif on Monday accused President Musharraf of blindly following Washington and ordering anti-terror operations that have left the country “drowned in blood”.

Addressing an election rally of about 3,000 people on the outskirts of the capital, Islamabad, Sharif said: “Musharraf has destroyed Pakistan. He is blindly following America’s orders. The whole of Pakistan is drowned in blood.”

Sharif reiterated his demand for Musharraf to stand down and for a government of national unity to take power and oversee the February 18 parliamentary elections. Opposition parties say the current caretaker administration is biased and the elections will be rigged in favor of the pro-Musharraf ruling party — Pakistan Muslim League-Q.

The opposition leader stated that the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) would, however, not accept a national unity government headed by President Pervez Musharraf. “I have never accepted Pervez Musharraf as president,” Sharif said.

The PML-N leader condemned what he called “provocative” statements against him and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) by former Punjab chief minister and leader of Q-League Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi.

Sharif’s speech was his first major campaign event since the December 27 assassination of Benazir Bhutto. It was one of his harshest attacks on Musharraf over his alliance with Washington.

Sharif said the government during last several years had disappointed the masses who were facing flour, gas and power crises.

He said the government was responsible for the crushing hike in prices of foodstuff as flour was selling now at 25 rupees ($.40) per kilogram which 7 rupees ($.11) during his second tenure. The PML-N leader urged the people not to vote for a party which was responsible for Red Mosque raid and operations in the tribal areas.

The masses should vote for the PML-N candidates in order to bring a change in the country, he said. Earlier, Nawaz Sharif was warmly welcomed by party leaders and workers when he arrived at Bara Kahu, near Islamabad, from Murree. –

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Why Pakistanis see US bigger threat than Al Qaeda?

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 17, 2008

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Why Pakistanis see US bigger threat than Al Qaeda?

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali

Support for a larger role for Islam is not unexpected in Pakistan where religion has been exploited for political purpose for a long time by successive governments and even by the US during the US-backed Jihad against the Soviet forces in Afghanistan. Hence it is not surprising that the US Peace Institute funded survey finds a strong public support for giving Islam a wider role in Pakistan.

However, a number of poll questions revealed that the Pakistani public’s support for Islam playing a larger role in their country does not signify support for extreme religious conservatism. Majorities of all Pakistanis—even majorities of those who favor a greater role for Islamic law — oppose an increase in Talibanization and support reforming structures of a conservative character dating from the time of President General Ziaul Haq (1977-1988).

At the same time a large majority of Pakistanis have negative views of Islamic militant organizations such as al Qaeda, local Taliban, and Pakistani militant groups. The activities of these groups are seen as threats to Pakistan and the use of violence against civilians is overwhelmingly rejected.

The poll, conducted by World Public Opinion for the government-funded US Institute for Peace, surveyed 907 adults in 19 Pakistani cities from Sept. 12-28, 2007. About 49 percent of the respondents were women. Initial findings were first released on October 31, 2007 and detailed report of the survey was released on January 7, 2008.

However the most striking result of the poll is that majority of Pakistanis see the American military presence in the region a far greater threat to their country than Al Qaeda. The survey indicated that 72 percent of Pakistanis view the US military presence in Asia as a “critical threat” to the “vital interests of Pakistan.”

At the same time Pakistanis reject overwhelmingly the idea of permitting foreign troops to attack al Qaeda on Pakistani territory. Four out of five (80%) say their government should not allow American or other foreign troops to enter Pakistan to pursue and capture al Qaeda fighters.” Three out of four (77%) oppose allowing foreign troops to attack Taliban insurgents based in Pakistan.

Tellingly, majority opinion toward the United States is negative.

Pakistanis view the United States as an untrustworthy superpower. A majority (64%) expressed doubt that the United States could be trusted “to act responsibly in the world,” including 49 percent who answered not at all” and 16 percent who said “”not very much.”

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Pakistan’s Opposition Criticizes US Ties

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 17, 2008

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Pakistan’s Opposition Criticizes US Ties

By SADAQAT JAN – 2 days ago

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani opposition leader said Monday that U.S-backed anti-terror operations have left Pakistan “drowned in blood,” issuing some of his harshest criticism yet of President Pervez Musharraf.

Nawaz Sharif, a former prime minister who was ousted by Musharraf in a 1999 coup, made his comments to a rally of 3,000 supporters near Islamabad. It was his first major campaign speech since the assassination last month of Benazir Bhutto, another opposition leader and former prime minister.

“Musharraf has destroyed Pakistan. He is blindly following America’s orders,” Sharif said. “The whole of Pakistan is drowned in blood.”

He alleged the army left “girls riddled with bullets” when it raided a pro-Taliban mosque and female seminary in the capital last year. The government said more than 100 extremists were killed in the operation, and disputed claims that female students also died.

In Karachi, where a suicide bomber targeted Bhutto in October — more than two months before her death — a bomb concealed in a fruit cart exploded, killing four people.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the explosion. Islamist militants have been blamed for a growing number of bloody attacks in Pakistan, but violent crime also plagues the volatile city of 15 million people.

Bhutto’s party, meanwhile, said it may work with Musharraf after the Feb. 18 parliamentary polls, despite his apparent unpopularity and allegations that elements within his government may have been involved in the former prime minister’s assassination.

The developments highlight the fluid nature of Pakistani politics ahead of the polls, which the United States and other Western nations hope will usher in stability as the country battles rising attacks by al-Qaida and Taliban militants.

In the latest violence, suspected pro-Taliban militants ambushed a military convoy in a tribal region close to the border with Afghanistan, sparking a clash that left 23 fighters and seven troops dead, said army spokesman Maj. Gen. Waheed Arshad.

The insurgents said they captured 17 troops, but denied suffering any fatalities.

Musharraf, who late last year gave up his position as army chief, faces the prospect of a hostile parliament and possible impeachment if the opposition does well in the elections. Many expect Bhutto and Sharif’s parties to improve their current representation in parliament, but it remains to be seen if they can secure the two-thirds majority needed to force him from office.

A spokesman for Bhutto’s Pakistan Peoples Party said “all options are open” when asked whether it would cooperate with Musharraf.

“These are bridges which we will cross when they come,” Farhatullah Babar said, echoing remarks reported in Pakistani media by Bhutto’s husband, Asif Ali Zardari, now the de-facto party head.

Many analysts predict any cooperation between Musharraf and Bhutto’s party would be short-lived and unstable, given likely opposition by the group’s rank and file. But it would represent a matchup of secular, moderate forces and, as such, could be welcomed by the West.

Adding to the uncertainty, opposition parties are threatening to reject the results of the elections if they are rigged. That would deepen Pakistan’s political turmoil and likely trigger street violence.

Bhutto was a secular politician popular in the West for her opposition to hard-line Islam. The government has blamed her Dec. 27 murder in a gun and suicide bomb attack on a prominent militant who had reportedly threatened to kill her.

But her political party and family members have accused the government of failing to provide her with sufficient security. Some have made vague allegations that elements within the government may have been involved.

Associated Press writer Zarar Khan contributed to this report.

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Restrictions by Israel on Christians, Threatening the Future of the Church

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 17, 2008

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Restrictions by Israel on Christians

Threatening the Future of the Church

by Fr. Firas Aridah

The Israeli Ministry of Interior decided to limit the entry of holders of valid visas to “one entry” or “no entry”. Initially, this measure was meant to prohibit entry to those coming from “enemy countries”. Now however, it includes Jordanians and Egyptians as well, the only two Arab countries who signed a peace agreement with Israel; among those holders of visas being restricted are priests, religious men and women, seminarians and other church personnel.

What may seem a normal restriction imposes grave consequences:

The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, which includes Palestine, Israel and Jordan, will be divided, as Jordanian priests and church personnel will not be allowed to move between Jordan and Israel/Palestine. The same applies to the Custody of the Holy Land, the Melkite Church and the religious congregations.
Seminarians at the Latin Patriachal Seminary in Beit Jala, most of whom are Jordanians, will not be allowed to visit their families for Christmas, Easter or any other occasion including family emergencies. If they do visit them, they will loose their residence visa. Applying for a new visa while they are outside the country, according to the new Israeli regulations, will take 3-4 months. Jordanians can leave the country, but re-entry is not guaranteed.
Jordanians, and other Arab priests, have to stay in the country without leaving it, and when their residence visa expires, they have to leave the country, apply for a new visa before they can go back to their parishes and ministries. The waiting period can be 3-4 months, with no guarantee they will obtain it. The whole work and life of the Church is in jeopardy by this policy.
If Israel continue with the new regulations, the consequences will be dire: 1. by June 2008, the Catholic Church will loose many of its clergy, many of whom are Jordanians; 2. the Seminary, founded in 1852 and which formed all the clergy and bishops of the Latin Patriarchate (256 since 1852), will be closed; 3. and many parishes will be left priestless.

These new restrictions are added to the already existing ones:

We witness long delays and complicated bureaucratic procedures to obtain visas for the personnel the Church needs for its work; the refusal to give or renew visas without any explanation. The freedom of the Church in the matter is stated in the Fundamental Agreement between the Holy See and the State of Israel in 1993, and never ratified by the Israeli Parliament (the Kenesset).
Palestinian priests are not allowed to enter Israel or Jerusalem; they may be given “permits” by the Israeli military authorities, restricting the entry points, the duration of their stay, restricted hours, no use of a car, being subject to humiliating search on checkpoints, and canceling the permits any time or with the frequent closures “of the Territories”. This restriction does not allow any normal pastoral work or any participation at the religious ceremonies in the Holy Places or the monthly meetings/spiritual retreats at the Latin Patriarchate.
Palestinian Christians, as it is the case of all Palestinians, are not allowed to go to Jerusalem and/or visit the Holy Places. When new restrictions are imposed on the pastors, seminarians and the Church personnel, the life of the Church will be gravely affected.

What is needed now is for Israel to:

respect religious freedom;
respect the status of the Holy Land as the center of the life of the Church;
respect the freedom of the Church to exercise her pastoral work;
respect the engagement taken in the “Fundamental Agreement” with the Holy See;
allow the Church personnel to move freely, by simply giving them “Multi-entries” on their residence visas.
If the restrictions continue, the future of the Church in the Holy Land is gravely threatened.
God bless you
Yours in Christ
Fr. Firas Aridah


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Taliban Resurgence Strains Alliance in Afghanistan

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 17, 2008

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Taliban Resurgence Strains Alliance in Afghanistan

by Tom Bowman

Morning Edition, January 16, 2008 · Defense Secretary Robert Gates is sending more than 3,000 Marines to Afghanistan to guard against a possible Taliban offensive in the spring. This comes after the U.S. was unsuccessful in getting NATO to boost its own forces there. With the steadily rising violence in Afghanistan, there are deeper questions about the alliance itself.

More than six years after they were toppled in Afghanistan, Taliban forces are resurgent. An average of 400 attacks occurred each month in 2006. That number rose to more than 500 a month in 2007.

“It appears to be a much more capable Taliban, a stronger Taliban than when I was there,” says retired Lt. Gen. David Barno, who was the top commander in Afghanistan from 2003 through 2005. “Just the size of engagements, the casualties reflected in the Taliban [attacks] show a stronger force.”

And Barno says that the United States may have unwittingly contributed to that resurgence beginning in 2005 — first, by announcing it was turning over responsibility for the Afghan military operation to NATO and second, by cutting 2,500 American combat troops. That sent a message to friend and foe alike, Barno says, that the U.S. was moving for the exits.

NATO commands most of the 54,000 soldiers in Afghanistan, nearly half of whom are American. Defense Secretary Robert Gates wanted NATO to send 7,000 more troops.

Appearing before Congress just last month, Gates wasn’t ready to mince words: American troops were stretched in Iraq, and NATO troops were needed in Afghanistan for combat duty and for training Afghan forces.

“I am not willing to let NATO off the hook in Afghanistan at this point,” Gates said.

By last week, Gates was ready to do just that. On his desk was a plan to send several thousand U.S. Marines to Afghanistan for combat and training duty. The proposal made him even more worried about the NATO alliance.

“I am concerned about relieving the pressure on our allies to fulfill their commitments,” Gates said.

But with violence flaring in Afghanistan, Gates had little choice but to turn to the Marines.

Meanwhile, other defense officials complain that NATO is not focused enough on the most important part of winning the insurgency in Afghanistan: Making life better by creating jobs, clinics and roads.

That left Gates in a recent appearance before Congress to question the future of NATO, an alliance created to fight the Soviets.

“The Afghan mission has exposed real limitations in the way the alliance is organized, operated and equipped,” Gates said. “We’re in a post-Cold War environment. We have to be ready to operate in distant locations against insurgencies and terrorist networks.”

Those problems are spurring several Pentagon reviews about the way ahead in Afghanistan. One option being discussed would give the U.S. an even greater combat role in the country’s restive south, now patrolled by Canadian, British and Dutch forces.

At the same time, there is talk of appointing a high-level envoy to better coordinate international aid for Afghanistan. One name being mentioned is Paddy Ashdown, a former member of the British Parliament who held a similar post in Bosnia.

That makes sense to American officers like Col. Martin Schweitzer, who commands the 4th Brigade Combat Team in Khost province in eastern Afghanistan. He says more experts are needed to give Afghans a better life.

“Specifically, we need assistance with agrarian development, natural resource development, like natural gas, etc., because there’s natural gas in the ground here,” Schweitzer said. “And we need those smart folks to come over here and help us get it out, so you can turn it into a product that can help sustain the government and the country.”

A more robust Afghan economy may help cut into Taliban recruitment of a large pool of the unemployed. But Barno and others caution that the Taliban are a regional problem. There’s a steady flow of radicalized recruits pouring over the border from Pakistan.

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The 5th anniversary of the invasion in Iraq

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 17, 2008

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

The 5th anniversary of the invasion in Iraq

Dear Members and friends of the BRussells tribunal,

The 5th anniversary of the invasion in Iraq should not go unnoticed. Together with Passa Porta, a literary organisation in Brussels , The BRussells tribunal is planning to prepare a bunch of statements by famous authors, intellectuals, specialists, eyewitnesses and activists. The idea is that everybody writes in his or her own language and that the texts are then translated by Passa Porta. The statements should be short, in order to be able to be translated and published widely around the 19th of March 2008, in newspapers, magazines and websites. We propose maximum one page (for those who like symbolism, 1 sign a day: 365x 5 = 1825 signs or approx. 375 words). Our aim is to have a body of 50 texts. The angle you choose if free. But given the fact that we have many texts, you can really focus on one aspect of the war.

We are convinced that we can thus use the time window of press attention around that date to pass some statements that go beyond mainstream commemorations. On a local level this action will be anchored in a series of events, readings, debates and concerts. The advantage of the text project is that it is not local and can be made available to all activist groups and media outlets worldwide.

We hope you will co-operate. Please let us know soon (best before end of November). The deadline for the text itself is March 1st 2008.

These are some persons who have already written a statement, or who promised to send us one. As an example, please read the strong statement of Harold Pinter underneath. As you can see, it doesn’t have to be long.

* Harold Pinter (already sent a statement)

* Eduardo Galeano (already sent a statement)

*Michael Parenti, author & activist (already sent a statement)

*David Swanson, Co-Founder of (already sent a statement)

* Dennis Brutus , Honorary Professor, Centre for Civil Society University of Kwazulu-Natal Durban South Africa Emeritus Professor Department of Africana Studies University of Pittsburgh (already sent a statement)

Cynthia McKinney , former US member of Congress

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, former Prime Minister of Malaysia, chairman of the Perdana Global Peace Organisation – PGPO& Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir, Executive Director Perdana Global Peace

– Anne Morelli , historian, ULB

– Haifa Zangana, Iraqi Novelist

– Dahr Jamail, non embedded journalist

– John Saxe Fernandez, Professor of political science, National Autonomous University – México

– Hussein Al-Alak , Iraq Solidarity Campaign

– Pierre Galand, Forum Nord Sud

– Ian Douglas, visiting prof international law in An Najah Univ. Palestine ,

– John Catalinotto (or Sara Flounders), International Action Center USA

“The invasion of Iraq

was a criminal act.

The occupation of Iraq

remains a criminal act.

The British government under Blair

and the United States administration

are war criminals.

It’s as simple as that”.

( Harold Pinter )

Grateful to have your support.

Yours in the struggle.

Lieven De Cauter and Dirk Adriaensens

For the BRussells Tribunal

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 17, 2008

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.

Tuesday, 15 January 2008.

  • Resistance fires two Grad rockets into US base in ath-Tharthar Tuesday evening.
  • Mortar barrage targets “Green Zone” Tuesday evening.
  • Sectarian murder spree continues: six more bodies found dumped around Baghdad Tuesday.
  • Bodyguards of puppet “Iraqi Justice Minister” run over five primary school children in Baghdad, killing two.
  • US troops gun down Iraqi civilian in ash-Sharuqat.
  • Bomb targets British patrol west of al-Basrah Tuesday morning.
  • Fire sweeps through oil refinery near al-Basrah early Tuesday.
  • Collaborator “Awakening” official killed in armed attack in Baghdad’s as-Sadriyah neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.
  • Bomb targets puppet police patrol in Baghdad’s al-Karakh district Tuesday morning.
  • Puppet policeman killed in attacks on checkpoint in ash-Sharuqat.
  • Collaborator policeman killed in al-Miqdadiyah.
  • Bomb targets puppet police official in Kirkuk Tuesday.
  • Jihad explained that gas escaping from the refineries into the air can ignite and fuel fires in refineries.

Al-Anbar Province.

Resistance fires two Grad rockets into US base in ath-Tharthar Tuesday evening.

In a dispatch posted at 11:03pm Baghdad time Tuesday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that the Iraqi Resistance fired two Grad rockets at a US base in the ath-Tharthar area in northeastern al-Anbar Province on Tuesday evening.

Yaqen reported eyewitnesses as saying that Resistance men in a large truck that contained a rocket launcher fired off the two Grad rockets at the ath-Tharthar military base that the Americans share with their puppet regime allies. The barrage caused damage as could be seen from the fire that was seen burning in the camp after the attack. Witnesses said they say US aircraft hovering over the base firing heat flares in an attempt to prevent further Resistance attacks.


Five mortar shells land in “Green Zone” Tuesday evening.

In a dispatch posted at 10:11pm Baghdad time Tuesday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that several mortar shells slammed into the area near the “Green Zone” home of Ibrahim al-Ja‘fari, US-backed Shi‘i sectarian leader and former puppet “prime minister” during a political meeting he was hosting there.

Yaqen reported a source in the meeting as saying that 12 political groups that recently signed an agreement of understanding were holding their first meeting at al-Ja‘fari’s home when the attack occurred. Al-Ja‘fari’s home is located in the top-security district of central Baghdad dubbed the “Green Zone” by the Americans.

The barrage wounded one of al-Ja‘fari’s bodyguards and inflicted material damage on his house.

Earlier, in a dispatch posted at 7:15pm Baghdad time Tuesday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that five mortar shells blasted into the top-security area around the Republican Palace in downtown Baghdad – the district that US forces have dubbed the “Green Zone” in an attack on Tuesday evening.

Yaqen reported a source in the puppet police as saying that the nature and extent of damage caused by the barrage was unknown.

Sectarian murder spree continues: six more bodies found dumped around Baghdad Tuesday.

In a dispatch posted at 6:55pm Baghdad time Tuesday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that the Iraqi puppet police announced that six more bodies of victims of sectarian murder had been recovered around Baghdad on Tuesday.

Yaqen reported a source in the puppet police as saying that four of the bodies were found in al-Karakh and two in ar-Rusafah. The victims had been bound and blindfolded and shot to death.

Body guards of puppet “Iraqi Justice Minister” run over five primary school children, killing two.

In a dispatch posted at 5:30pm Baghdad time Tuesday evening, the Yaqen News Agency reported that bodyguards of the puppet “Iraqi Minister of Justice” ran over five primary school children in central Baghdad.

Yaqen reported members of the puppet “Iraqi National Guard” manning a checkpoint at the scene said that a car carrying guards of Safi as-Safi, the US-backed “Iraqi Minister of Justice,” drove their car over five school children from the al-Masarrah co-educational primary school, killing one of them, 10-year-old Husayn Muyi Hamzah. Four other school children were severely injured in the incident, one of them dying after being taken away by the guards.

The puppet “National Guards” manning the checkpoint said that the “Minister’s” bodyguards failed to obey commands issued by the checkpoint officers, who then opened fire on the bodyguards’ car. The bodyguards then returned fire, completely destroying a puppet police car. They then got out of the cars to carry the dead and wounded children away. Three were later located in a nearby hospital, two had died.

The “National Guards” told Yaqen that the “Minister’s” body guards go back and forth in the area every day behaving in the same way: driving at insane speeds and shooting their weapons at drivers parked by the side of the road and at passers by.

Collaborator “Awakening” official killed in armed attack in Baghdad’s as-Sadriyah neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

In a dispatch posted at 3:45pm Baghdad time Tuesday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that armed fighters clashed with collaborationist “Awakening” police in the as-Sadriyah neighborhood of central Baghdad on Tuesday afternoon.

Yaqen reported a source in the puppet police as saying that the attackers killed Khudayr Laftah Matar, an official with the “Awakening” collaborator police in the attack. Two other “Awakening” collaborators and four civilians were wounded in the clash ant taken to al-Kindi Hospital for treatment. The attackers left the scene when US troops showed up to cordon off the area.

Bomb targets puppet police patrol in Baghdad’s al-Karakh district Tuesday morning.

In a dispatch posted at 11:52am Baghdad time Tuesday morning, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by a passing patrol of puppet policemen on the main road in Baghdad’s al-Karakh district Tuesday morning.

Yaqen reported a source in the puppet police as saying that the blast wounded two puppet policemen and five other individuals.

Salah ad-Din Province.

Puppet policeman killed in attacks on checkpoint in ash-Sharuqat.

In a dispatch posted at 2:47pm Baghdad time Tuesday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a person wearing an explosive belt and a car bomber both detonated their payloads near a checkpoint manned by puppet police and collaborator “Awakening” police to the west of the town of ash-Sharuqat, 250km north of Baghdad on Tuesday morning.

Yaqen reported a source in the provincial puppet police as saying that the personnel at the checkpoint were suspicious of an individual approaching their position so they ordered him to halt. The individual then blew himself up by detonating an explosive belt, killing himself but causing no other casualties. After a crowd of puppet policemen and “Awakening” collaborators had gathered on the scene of the blast, a man drove an explosives-laden vehicle into the area. Puppet policemen tried to stop the vehicle by shooting at it, but that only caused it to explode, killing one puppet policeman and wounding another eight people.

US troops gun down Iraqi civilian in ash-Sharuqat.

In a dispatch posted at 1pm Baghdad time Tuesday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that US forces shot and killed an Iraqi civilian in the city of ash-Sharuqat, 250km north of Baghdad, on Tuesday morning.

Yaqen reported a US column came to a halt in the middle of a market in the city and spotted a car moving at high speed. The driver of the car did not respond to a sign from one of the Americans to halt and so the US troops opened fire, killing the driver. The body of the man, an employee at the energy department in Bayji, was taken to ash-Sharuqat General Hospital.

Diyala Province.

Collaborator policeman killed in al-Miqdadiyah.

In a dispatch posted at 5:55pm Baghdad time Tuesday evening, the Yaqen News Agency reported that one collaborationist “Awakening” policeman had been killed and a second wounded in the Balwar area of central al-Miqdadiyah, 85km northeast of Baghdad.

Yaqen reported a sources in the collaborator “Awakening” police as claiming that the casualties were caused by “random gunfire.”

At-Ta’mim Province.

Bomb blast wounds puppet police major.

In a dispatch posted at 3:18pm Baghdad time Tuesday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by the car in which a major in the puppet police was riding in the area of al-Huwayjah, 200km north of Baghdad.

Yaqen reported an official in the puppet police operations command post in Kirkuk who asked not to be identified as saying that the blast damaged a car and wounded the major.

Puppet regime forces carry out mass raids north, south of Kirkuk Monday night.

In a dispatch posted at 1:12pm Baghdad time Tuesday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that Iraqi puppet regime forces launched campaigns or mass raids, searches, and arrests in the regions of al-Huwayjah, 50km south of Kirkuk, and in Dibs, northwest of Kirkuk on Monday night.

Yaqen reported Brigadier General Sarhad Qadir, the Director of the puppet police in the regions as saying that the arrests were still going on and included districts in the areas of al-‘Abbasi, az-Zab and Sarkaran as well. In the course of the mass raids, the general said, six “suspects” had been arrested.


Bomb targets puppet police official in Kirkuk Tuesday.

In a dispatch posted at 10:20am Baghdad time Tuesday morning, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by the motorcade in which the director of the operations center for the puppet police in Kirkuk was riding on Tuesday.

Yaqen reported a source in the puppet police as saying that the bomb went off by the motorcade of Colonel Yadkar Muhammad when it was near the Third Bridge in the city as Colonel Muhammad was on his way to his office at the police headquarters. The blast damaged a vehicle in the motorcade but Colonel Muhammad survived.

Ninwa Province.

Bomb kills puppet policeman in al-Mawsil.

In a dispatch posted at 7:02pm Baghdad time Tuesday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by a patrol of puppet policemen in the as-Sukkar neighborhood of al-Mawsil, 420km northwest of Baghdad.

Yaqen reported that the blast killed one puppet policeman and wounded a second.

Al-Qadisiyah Province.

In a dispatch posted at 8:55pm Baghdad time Tuesday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that puppet “ad-Diwaniyah Emergency Police” had raided the office of the pro-Iranian Muqtada as-Sadr movement in ad-Diwaniyah, 180km south of Baghdad.

Yaqen reported a source who asked not to be identified as saying that the al-Baqir Brigade of the puppet “Emergency Police” raided the as-Sadr office at midday Tuesday. The puppet police did not ransack the office, however, and after finding nothing of interest left the premises.

Puppet regime forces arrest 350 “suspected” Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen in ad-Diwaniyah.

In a dispatch posted at 2:15pm Baghdad time Tuesday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that Brigadier General Safa’ Kazim, the commander of the puppet police for ad-Diwaniyah, 180km south of Baghdad, announced that 350 people had been arrested in the course of a sweep by puppet forces targeting pro-Iranian Jaysh al-Mahdi Shi‘i sectarian militiamen in the city.

Yaqen reported that the majority of the people arrested were “suspected of involvement” in assassinations of members of the puppet regime’s security personnel or “civilians.” The general added that his forces had delivered 37 other “suspects” to the puppet police Karbala’ and Dhi Qar provinces. The mass arrests are part of a campaign by the US-backed Shi‘i sectarian puppet regime in ad-Diwaniyah to eliminate pro-Iranian militias.

In recent months the Jaysh al-Mahdi has been the target of US and puppet regime forces, in particular in Baghdad and the cities of southern Iraq where the Americans and their Iraqi puppet regime allies have killed or captured a large number of the militia’s commanders and cadres. The Jaysh al-Mahdi has also come into conflict with other, rival Shi‘i sectarian militias as they vie for control of the southern part of the country.

Al-Basrah Province.

Bomb targets British patrol west of al-Basrah Tuesday morning.

In a dispatch posted at 10:35am Baghdad time Tuesday morning, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by a patrol of British occupation troops in the ash-Shu‘aybah area to the west of al-Basrah in southern Iraq on Tuesday morning.

Yaqen reported a British spokesman as saying that the bomb went off as the British patrol was operating together with US and Iraqi puppet army forces.

Fire sweeps through oil refinery near al-Basrah early Tuesday.

In a dispatch posted at 10:12am Baghdad time Tuesday morning, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a massive fire broke out at the ash-Shu‘aybah oil refinery about 20km west of the southern Iraqi city of al-Basrah at dawn on Tuesday. A source in the puppet regime in al-Basrah Province thought it probable that the fire had been deliberately set.

Yaqen reported the source as saying that there was a sound of explosions going off just before the fire started, implying that the blaze was ignited by a bomb or Katyusha rockets. The fire began in two units where benzene is produced and then spread to other parts of the facility. All the firefighting units in the city of al-Basrah responded to the alarm and began attempting to extinguish the fire.

The ash-Shu‘aybah refinery is one of the largest such plants in southern Iraq. The fire there was the third major blaze to sweep through Iraqi oil refinery facilities in the last few days.

Later, in a dispatch posted at 2:32pm, Yaqen reported the spokesman for the puppet “Iraqi Oil Ministry” as claiming that the fire in al-Basrah had been caused by helicopter belonging to US occupation forces. ‘Asim Jihad, the puppet “Ministry” spokesman said that his agency had repeatedly told the Americans and British to change their flight plans so as to avoid flying over the refineries.

Jihad explained that gas escaping from the refineries into the air can ignite and fuel fires in refineries.

Jihad also said that “Ministry” personnel had been able to get control of the fire, which had inflicted material damaged on the gas unit of the refinery. He denied, however, that the refinery had been shut down. Ten people were reported injured as a result of the fire.



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