In a brazen effort to divert attention away from the lukewarm grilling
of the Straussian neocons over the massive NSA violations of the Fourth Amendment,
Bush “defended his anti-terrorist policies anew today, asserting that
the United States and its allies had foiled a terrorist plot meant to bring
down a Los Angeles building that is the tallest in the United States west of
the Mississippi River,” according to the New
York Times. “Osama bin Laden himself was involved in the plot,
which was to be carried out by Southeast Asian men on the assumption that they
would not arouse as much suspicion as Middle Easterners, Mr. Bush told the National
In addition, the “independent [whitewash] commission that investigated
the Sept. 11 attacks said in its 2004 report that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the
architect of the 9/11 assaults on New York City and Washington, had originally
envisioned an even broader assault on America, with as many as 10 hijacked aircraft
flying into buildings on both coasts. And last October, government counterterrorism
officials provided further details, saying that Mr. Mohammed and a terrorist
ally, Riduan Isamuddin (better known as Hambali), had planned a new spate of
attacks after Sept. 11 and that Los Angeles was in their sights.” In essence,
this is a recycling of an October, 2005, claim, warmed over as heat is directed
at the Bush Straussian neocon masters of total war and Orwellian surveillance.
Hambali was fingered as “operations chief” of Jemaah Islamiyah,
the Indonesian intelligence and military created terror organization, with more
than a little help from the CIA. “Without the CIA’s dirty operations
in Afghanistan, neither Jemaah Islamiyah nor Al Qaeda would have come into existence,”
Symonds. “The anti-Soviet war provided the money and the training,
as well as forging the loose international network of contacts that was to characterize
the future modus operandi of these organizations.”
In fact, Jemaah Islamiyah was fully compromised by the CIA. Omar al-Faruq,
described as a senior al-CIA-duh operative, was a CIA mole. Al-Faruq “was
assigned to infiltrate Islamic radical groups and recruit local agents within
these groups,” Tempo
Interactive reported in September, 2002. “When Al Faruq finished his
assignments, the CIA created a scenario that he had been arrested,” former
Indonesian State Intelligence Coordinating Board chief A.C. Manulang told Tempo.
“It’s common in intelligence world,” a fact borne out by the
recent and suspicious “escape” of the 2000 U.S. Cole “mastermind”
bomber Jamal al-Badawi from a Yemeni
prison. It is said al-Faruq escaped from the Bagram “high value”
(as in goat herders and taxi drivers) detention center in Afghanistan in July,
2005. If we are to believe the corporate media, al-Farug and “three other
captives picked locks, cut through barbed wire and negotiated a minefield”
GNN blog). If you believe this I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.
As for Khalid
Shaikh Mohammed, the “architect of the 9/11 assaults on New York City
and Washington” (once again, there is a bridge in Brooklyn) and “terrorist
entrepreneur,” he was supposedly captured in Pakistan on March 1, 2003
by the ISI (the Pakistani intelligence organization responsible, at the behest
of the CIA, for creating “al-Qaeda” and the Taliban, as a virtual
mountain of evidence demonstrates). It is said he was transferred to U.S. custody
and shipped off to a torture facility in Jordan (where he was “waterboarded”
by the CIA; another variation has the terrorist shipped to Diego Garcia).
However, less reported as part of the Khalid Shaikh Mohammed legend, B.
Raman writes for Redliff that “Pakistani authorities did a volte face
within 24 hours [of Mohammed’s alleged captured] and denied that Mohammad
had been taken out of Pakistan. He was being interrogated in Pakistani territory
by Pakistani officials, they maintained. Faisal Saleh Hayat, Pakistan’s
interior minister, even denied that the US had requested his extradition…
[and an] officer in charge of the raid had submitted a report to the headquarters
claiming to have killed Mohammad and buried his body without informing the Americans
Of course, since there is no independent verification of “enemy combatants”
or inspection of the Straussian neocon torture gulag by humanitarian organizations,
we have no idea if Khalid Shaikh Mohammed is alive, dead, or in the custody
of the Pakistanis or Americans. Moreover, since most of what we know about Mohammed
comes from the “independent” nine eleven lie and omission commission,
anything said about him should be considered suspect.
Naturally, this whole sketchy and uncorroborated affair is simply a
transparent effort to deflect attention away from congressional intelligence
committee hearings supposedly empanelled to uncover details about Straussian
neocon criminal behavior vis-à-vis snooping on millions of Americans.
It is also intended to offer up an excuse for continued snooping and the deliberate
trashing for the Bill of Rights as the Straussian neocons behind the Bush administration
make steady progress in reducing America to a nightmarish Panopticon.
L.A. Mayor Blindsided by Bush Announcement
By MICHAEL R. BLOOD, AP Political Writer
Thu Feb 9, 2:53 PM ET
LOS ANGELES - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday he was blindsided by
President Bush's announcement of new details on a purported 2002 hijacking plot
aimed at a downtown skyscraper, and described communication with the White House
"I'm amazed that the president would make this (announcement) on national
TV and not inform us of these details through the appropriate channels,"
the mayor said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I don't expect
a call from the president — but somebody."
The mayor also suggested that some funding from the Iraq war could be redirected
to homeland security, including the protection of high-risk targets in Los Angeles.
He did not advocate an immediate withdrawal of troops.
"I go to work every day knowing that we are a target," the mayor