Obviously, the neocon and Likud infested Jerusalem
Post is none too happy with the release from prison of the “reputed
top leader of the al-Qaida linked terror group,” Jemaah Islamiah.
“Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, 68, had served 26 months for conspiracy
in the Bali nightclub bombings that killed 202 people, mostly young foreign
tourists…. Australia and the United States, which have accused Bashir
of being a key member of the Southeast Asian terror group Jema’ah Islamiyah,
said they were disappointed at his release, as did Australian victims of the
Australia and the United States should be “disappointed” with the
Indonesian military creation of Jemaah Islamiah, but this of course would be
asking too much.
Indonesia’s former president, Abdurrahman
Wahid, told the Australian last October “a key figure behind the formation
of terror group Jemaah Islamiah was an Indonesian spy” and “police
or military officers may have played a role in the 2002 Bali bombing,”
a predictable outcome as the Indonesian military has a long and sordid relationship
with the CIA, including the training of its brutal Kopassus, responsible for
wanton slaughter in East Timor and assassinating West Papuan independence leaders.
“There is not a single Islamic group either in the movement or the political
groups that is not controlled by (Indonesian) intelligence,” Umar Abduh,
described as a “former terrorist” told SBS Dateline. “Abduh
has written a book on Teungku Fauzi Hasbi, a key figure in Jemaah Islamiah (JI)
who had close contact with JI operations chief Hambali and lived next door to
Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir…. He says Hasbi was a secret agent for
Indonesia’s military intelligence while at the same time a key player
in creating JI.”
Documents cited by SBS showed the Indonesian chief of military intelligence
in 1990 authorized Hasbi to undertake a “special job”.
A 1995 internal memo from the military intelligence headquarters in Jakarta
included a request to use “Brother Fauzi Hasbi” to spy on Acehnese
separatists in Indonesia, Malaysia and Sweden.
And a 2002 document assigned Hasbi the job of special agent for BIN, the
Indonesian national intelligence agency.
Security analyst John Mempi told SBS that Hasbi, who was also known as Abu
Jihad, had played a key role in JI in its early years.
“The first Jemaah Islamiah congress in Bogor was facilitated by Abu
Jihad, after Abu Bakar Bashir returned from Malaysia,” Mr Mempi said.
“We can see that Abu Jihad played an important role. He was later found
to be an intelligence agent. So an intelligence agent has been facilitating
the radical Islamic movement.”
Not surprisingly, Hasbi met a gruesome end—he was disemboweled “in
a mysterious murder in 2003 after he was exposed as a military agent and his
son Lamkaruna Putra died in a plane,” a not uncommon fate for exposed
intelligence operatives. No telling who murdered Hasbi, however it should be
noted that dead operatives tell no tales about their government handlers or
embarrassing operation details.
JI can also be traced back to the CIA-ISI effort in Afghanistan, essentially
the locus of virtually all modern “al-Qaeda” centric terrorism.
“A recent ICG [International Crisis Group] report entitled Jemaah Islamiyah
in South East Asia: Damaged but still Dangerous estimates that more than 200
men associated with the JI network were sent to Afghanistan. In most cases,
the Islamic World League paid their expenses. All of them were trained at the
military camps run by the Mujaheddin faction led by Abdul Rasul Sayyaf. Sayyaf,
a proponent of strict Wahhabi Islam, had extremely close links to Saudi Arabia
and its logistics operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan, which were run by
Osama bin Laden, among others,” writes Peter Symonds (The
Political Origins of Jemaah Islamiyah: Behind the Bali Bombings).
Without the CIA’s dirty operations in Afghanistan, neither Jemaah Islamiyah
nor Al Qaeda would have come into existence. 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….
As the ICG explained: “All of JI’s top leaders and many of the
men involved in JI bombings trained in Afghanistan over a ten-year period,
1985-95. The jihad in Afghanistan had a huge influence in shaping their worldview,
reinforcing their commitment to jihad, and providing them with lethal skills…
It is important to note that the process of sending recruits to Afghanistan
began at least seven years before JI formally came into being. In many ways,
the emergence of a formal organization around 1992 merely institutionalized
a network that already existed.”
Indeed, a network organized and nurtured by the CIA and Pakistan’s notorious
ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence), and in the case JI, sustained by BIN. In
addition to Indonesia, the CIA-ISI terror collaboration spread out over the
globe, from the Philippines to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, France, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan,
China, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, the Balkans and elsewhere, where it is put to
use creating the phantom of international terrorism rising from the imputed
virulence of Islam.
“Bashir was found guilty of blessing the 2002 Bali attacks, but cleared
of more serious terrorist charges, including heading Jem’aah Islamiyah,
which Indonesian police say received funds from al-Qaida,” the Jerusalem
Post continues. “No evidence has ever been presented linking him to the
execution, preparation or commission of terrorist attacks, and most analysts
say he played no operational role in the group’s attacks,” because
operations are run by BIN and Indonesian intelligence and Bashir is little more
than a patsy. Of course, when we are told JI “received funds from al-Qaida,”
this translates into JI receiving funds from the CIA.
JI served its purpose. “Reminiscent of Operation Northwoods,
the Bali attack served to trigger ‘a useful wave of indignation.’
They contributed to swaying Australian public opinion in favor of the US invasion
of Iraq, while weakening the anti-war protest movement,” writes Michel
Chossudovsky. “In the wake of the Bali attack, the Australian government
‘officially’ joined the US-led ‘war on terrorism,’”
a multi-headed hydra operating on many levels but concentrating primarily on
Islamic terrorism, an on-going and relentless campaign engineered to demonize
Muslims, as the ludicrous events most recently in London and Canada demonstrate.
Indonesia cleric freed after jail term
By Achmad Sukarson
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Hardline Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir walked out
of a Jakarta jail on Wednesday after serving time for links to the 2002 Bali
He planned to return immediately to an Islamic school in central Java once
dubbed the "Ivy League" of militants.
Wearing his trademark white skullcap and shawl, a smiling Bashir was surrounded
by supporters shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) and by media
before getting into a car and being driven away.
Seen by the West as the spiritual head of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah
(JI) regional militant network, Bashir was convicted of being part of a conspiracy
behind the Bali bombings that killed 202 people, many of them Australian tourists.
Southeast Asian and Western authorities blame JI for the Indonesian resort
island attack and other strikes in the region.
Hundreds of Bashir supporters from hardline Muslim groups were outside the
jail waiting to welcome him. Scores of police were also on hand and security
Bashir's son, Rohim, punching his fist in the air with joy, told reporters:
"I'm very happy right now. All things have been resolved, and he is free
Asked about possible police surveillance of his father, he said: "I don't
care about it. If they want to watch, go ahead".
There had been little international comment on Bashir's scheduled release.
But Australian and U.S. officials have in the past criticised Indonesia, the
world's most populous Muslim nation, for giving him a relatively light sentence
and for subsequently reducing the term.
Analysts say militants could use Bashir's release to revive Jemaah Islamiah,
which police say has become decentralised, with factions splitting off and operating
"The perception among security forces is that the release may help consolidation
moves as they (JI) have been torn after the death of their leader," said
University of Indonesia security analyst Andi Widjajanto.
He was referring to alleged terrorism mastermind Azahari bin Husin who was
killed in a police raid late last year.
Bashir was arrested several days after the 2002 Bali blasts for investigations
on separate crimes and later spent 18 months in jail for minor immigration offences
after treason charges against him were dismissed or overturned in court.
Police rearrested him for suspected links with the Bali attacks as he was leaving
prison in April 2004. A court last year sentenced him to 30 months in jail after
finding him guilty of being part of a conspiracy behind the bombings.
BACK TO SCHOOL
The 67-year-old cleric, who has called al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden a true
Islamic warrior, denies any wrongdoing. He insists Jemaah Islamiah does not
exist, and Indonesian courts have dismissed charges that he led the network.
His walk to freedom comes after a reduction in his sentence from remissions
he received on Indonesia's 60th independence celebration last August and because
of time served in detention.
Bashir plans to take a 12-hour overland ride to the Al-Mukmin Islamic school
he co-founded near the city of Solo, around 480 km (300 miles) from Jakarta,
where a low-key homecoming awaits him.
"We have been told by him that we don't need to be festive. If we celebrate,
it will poke some sick-hearted people and they could become sicker," principal
Farid Ma'ruf told Reuters by telephone from the Central Java school.
Several graduates of the school, popularly known as "Ngruki" after
the neighbourhood where it is located, are in prison for involvement in terrorism.
The Brussels-based International Crisis Group has branded the school the "Ivy
League" of militants.
However, Indonesian authorities have reviewed its curriculum and say they found
no inclination towards terrorism.
Indonesian officials say that despite the capture of nearly 300 people suspected
of violating anti-terrorism laws, violent militants remain a serious threat
in Indonesia, a vast archipelago with 17,000 islands and 220 million people.
(Additional reporting by Telly Nathalia)
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