Max Fuller has written the most important article of the year and perhaps the
decade. In his "Crying Wolf:
Media Disinformation and Death Squads in Occupied Iraq", Fuller painstakingly
lays out the details and documentation to prove that the United States intelligence
agencies are behind the vast incidents of murder and torture being carried out
in Iraq today. If Fuller’s thesis is correct, then the War on Terror,
that mighty engine of imperial carnage, is nothing more than a public relations
scam to enlist public support.
The war on terror is the "seminal lie" from which all the administration’s
criminal excesses are mere tributaries. America’s unprovoked aggression
in Iraq, as well as the appalling assault on civil liberties, has been carried
out in the name of the war on terror. In fact, it has been used as to mask everything
from police-state legislation at home to massive human rights violations abroad.
The war on terror is an all-inclusive fraud that is the greatest threat to personal
freedom and global security the world has ever seen. If unchallenged, we can
expect the dictatorial-powers of the president to increase and the world plunged
into another century of war.
Fuller’s article sweeps away the illusions created by the war on terror.
With laser-like intensity he focuses a steady beam of light on the most expansive
clandestine intel-operation of all time; the terrorizing of an entire nation,
pushing it inexorably towards civil war. The Interior Ministry is at the epicenter
of Iraq’s violent malaise. It is the headquarters for the Badr and Wolf
Brigades; the American-trained death squads which are responsible for the massive
assassination program directed at "alleged" Sunni resistance fighters.
The torture chambers, death squads, and random bombings are not caused by foreign
terrorists, nor are they the work of Iranian agents striving for a theocratic
regime in Baghdad. They are, in fact, the nefarious activities of American puppet-masters,
who matriculated in the terror wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador. Now, under
Uncle Sam’s benign gaze, they are plying their trade in Iraq; wreaking
havoc and spreading suffering on an unimaginable scale.
What does this mean?
It means that the "central front in the war on terror" is a phantom;
a specter; a chimera that cloaks itself in the dull braying of plutocrats who
promise democracy, but only deliver greater deprivation, sorrow and fear. It
means that the ideological headwaters of global terrorism is Washington and
that behind the scratchy façade of Al Qaida videos and dubious accounts
of suicide bombers, the insidious fist of the imperial master continues to pound
away at its victims. It means that, as Martin Luther King said, "The greatest
purveyor of violence in the world today is my own country."
The media has played a central role in trying to obfuscate the details of America’s
involvement in the terror-war by characterizing the hundreds of murder victims
as the result of tit-for-tat sectarian violence or of rogue Shiite militias
loosely connected to the Interior Ministry. But, as Fuller deftly demonstrates,
the more likely explanation is that the Ministry is executing a clear strategy
of gratuitous terror devised and directed by their American handlers.
The immense media disinformation campaign is designed to shift blame away from
its American roots and promote the idea of massive sectarian unrest. This feeds
the notion of an incipient civil war, which in turn achieves the American policy
objective of Balkanizing the country to control its resources.
The one reporter who diverged from these fabrications was Yasser Salihee, reporter
for Knight-Ridder news. Salihee had uncovered critical information about the
weaponry, vehicles and origins of the death squads, and was expected to file
reports on those topics. His coverage, however, was cut short when he was assassinated
in a gangland style hit at a checkpoint outside Baghdad by an American sniper.
With just one precision shot to the forehead, another unembedded journalist
was removed from covering Bush’s folly.
Fuller’s research exposes the Interior Ministry as the hub of the clandestine
death squad activity. The assumption that the ministry is manned exclusively
by theocratic Shiites is just more misleading media gibberish. In fact, one
of the more brutal counterinsurgency groups, the Sunni-led Special Police Commandos,
is headed by a former officer in Saddam’s Baath Party. (The Commandos
were founded by the son of the former Iraqi Chief of Staff Falah al-Naqib, who
many believed to be a CIA asset.) The connections of Interior Ministry chieftains
to their CIA managers are deep and confusing but, as Fuller notes, "the
Police Commandos were formed under the experienced tutelage and oversight of
veteran US counterinsurgency fighters, and from the outset conducted joint-force
operations with elite and highly secretive US special-forces units." (Reuters,
Fuller says: "A key figure in the development of the Special Police Commandos
was James Steele, a former US Army special forces operative who cut his teeth
in Vietnam before moving on to direct the US military mission in El Salvador
at the height of that country’s civil war…. Another US contributor
was the same Steven Casteel who as the most senior US advisor within the Interior
Ministry brushed off serious and well-substantiated accusations of appalling
human right violations as 'rumor and innuendo’….Casteel’s
background is significant because this kind of intelligence-gathering support
role and the production of death lists are characteristic of US involvement
in counterinsurgency programs and constitute the underlying thread in what can
appear to be random, disjointed killing sprees."
Needless, to say, the CIA does not move major assets like Steele and Casteel
into a prickly situation like Iraq to shuffle papers by a water-cooler. These
are the main gears in the machinery of the Iraqi death squads; the movable parts
in Washington’s apparatus of state terror. There is nothing either "random"
or "disjointed" in the butchery produced by their labors.
Fuller adds: "The Police Commando headquarters has become the hub of a
nationwide command, control, communications, computer and intelligence operations
centre, courtesy of the US (Defend
The administration has provided a "state of the art" communications
network to "coordinate mass murder".
"DeBaathification" is a sham. Many of the top-ranking officials in
the Ministry are Sunnis, including "deputy Minister for Intelligence Affairs
(also leader of the Interior Ministry’s spy service) currently held by
General Hussain Kamel".
So, too, the notion of rogue Iranian-supported militias carrying out random
attacks on "alleged" Sunnis suspects is equally deceptive.
Nearly everything that appears in the corporate media has been intentionally
misleading as part of the broader information war, to keep the American people
from grasping the truth about the chief perpetrator of terrorism in Iraq today;
the US intelligence agencies. As
the Los Angeles Times notes, "The entire intelligence establishment
is a creation of the Anglo-American secret services, which began building at
least as early as the beginning of the occupation."
You’ve been fooled; I’ve been fooled; and everything the Pentagon
has said has been a lie. The fetid entrails of this terror-beast reside in Washington,
not Baghdad or Tehran.
The recent revelations (carefully excluded from the American press) of two
British commandos dressed in traditional Arab garb caught in Basra with a trunk-load
full of explosives (William
Bowles) has even cast doubt on the involvement of the intelligence agencies
in the rash of terror bombings plaguing the country. Certainly, the ensuing
anger generated from these attacks is more compatible with the administration’s
goals of sectarian division than they are with the nebulous theories about the
"What is possible is that both sides of the apparent sectarian violence
are run as part of a huge CIA-lead intelligence operation designed to split
Iraq at the seams. I tentatively suggest that the intelligence apparatus at
the Interior Ministry is contriving attacks on Sunnis and that British and US
Special Forces in conjunction with the intelligence apparatus at the Iraqi Defense
Ministry are fabricating insurgent bombings of Shias. Overseeing the entire
operation is the 'cream’ of CMAD under the direction of top-level US intelligence
asset Mowaffak Rubaie, a man already experienced at participating in bombing
campaigns, undoubtedly working hand in glove with the CIA and the National Security
Council in the US."
"a huge CIA-lead intelligence operation designed to split Iraq at the
Given Fuller’s thesis, it’s likely that most of the alleged "suicide"
bombings are nothing more than stationary vehicles set off by remote-control
and reported as suicide attacks by the compliant media to perpetuate the racial
stereotypes of crazed Muslim fanatics.
Fuller’s article is a difficult read with hefty documentation that tends
to have a mind-numbing effect. Never the less, the ponderous emphasis on facts
and actual news reports serve his greater purpose of proving a very tenuous
and thorny theory, that the US is overseeing a humongous clandestine operation
that has fractured the country and destabilized the region. As Fuller says,
"(The) presence of Anglo-American forces in Iraq does not merely exacerbate
the present violence; in Iraq we are the violence."
The fictional War on Terror
The war on terror is a fabrication so large and all-encompassing that it includes
both political parties, the Pentagon, the main-body of corporate and financial
elites, and virtually the entire western media. It is the underlying myth that
animates the American war-machine and breathes life into the coercive apparatus
of state terror. Fuller’s article uncovers a fissure in the block-wall
of government secrecy and gives us a good look at the worm-infested core of
imperial rule. Global terrorism flows from Washington like a toxic river that
has breached its banks and threatens to flood everything in its path.