Sleeping With the Devil: How U.S. and Saudi Backing of Al Qaeda Led to 9/11


Front row, from left: Major Gen. Hamid Gul, director general of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI), Director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Willian Webster; Deputy Director for Operations Clair George; an ISI colonel; and senior CIA official, Milt Bearden at a Mujahideen training camp in North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan in 1987. (source RAWA)


Ronald Reagan meets Afghan Mujahideen Commanders at the White House in 1985 (Reagan Archives)

Preface:   The director of the National Security Agency under Ronald Reagan – Lt. General William Odom - noted:

Because the United States itself has a long record of supporting terrorists and using terrorist tactics, the slogans of today’s war on terrorism merely makes the United States look hypocritical to the rest of the world.

Odom also said:

By any measure the US has long used terrorism. In ‘78-79 the Senate was trying to pass a law against international terrorism – in every version they produced, the lawyers said the US would be in violation.

(audio here).  Background here.

This essay does not address any “inside job” theories for 9/11 or other terrorist attacks on America.  Instead, it focuses on the well-documented fact that the virtually continuous U.S. backing of Al Qaeda terrorists since the late 1970s has led to blowback which has come back to bite us numerous times.

We Created Al Qaeda to Fight the Soviets in Afghanistan

Jimmy Carter’s National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski admitted on CNN that the U.S. organized and supported Bin Laden and the other originators of “Al Qaeda” in the 1970s to fight the Soviets.

Brzezinski told Al Qaeda’s forefathers – the Mujahadin:

We know of their deep belief in god – that they’re confident that their struggle will succeed. That land over – there is yours – and you’ll go back to it some day, because your fight will prevail, and you’ll have your homes, your mosques, back again, because your cause is right, and god is on your side.


CIA director and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates confirmed in his memoir that the U.S. backed the Mujahadin in the 1970s.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton agrees:


MSNBC reported in 1998:

As his unclassified CIA biography states, bin Laden left Saudi Arabia to fight the Soviet army in Afghanistan after Moscow’s invasion in 1979. By 1984, he was running a front organization known as Maktab al-Khidamar – the MAK – which funneled money, arms and fighters from the outside world into the Afghan war.

What the CIA bio conveniently fails to specify (in its unclassified form, at least) is that the MAK was nurtured by Pakistan’s state security services, the Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI, the CIA’s primary conduit for conducting the covert war against Moscow’s occupation.

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The CIA, concerned about the factionalism of Afghanistan … found that Arab zealots who flocked to aid the Afghans were easier to “read” than the rivalry-ridden natives. While the Arab volunteers might well prove troublesome later, the agency reasoned, they at least were one-dimensionally anti-Soviet for now. So bin Laden, along with a small group of Islamic militants from Egypt, Pakistan, Lebanon, Syria and Palestinian refugee camps all over the Middle East, became the “reliable” partners of the CIA in its war against Moscow.

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To this day, those involved in the decision to give the Afghan rebels access to a fortune in covert funding and top-level combat weaponry continue to defend that move in the context of the Cold War. Sen. Orrin Hatch, a senior Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee making those decisions, told my colleague Robert Windrem that he would make the same call again today even knowing what bin Laden would do subsequently. “It was worth it,” he said.

“Those were very important, pivotal matters that played an important role in the downfall of the Soviet Union,” he said.

Indeed, the U.S. started backing Al Qaeda’s forefathers even before the Soviets invaded Afghanistan.  As  Brzezinski told Le Nouvel Observateur in a 1998 interview:

Question: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs ["From the Shadows"], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct?Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.

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Q: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic fundamentalism, having given arms and advice to future terrorists?

B: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?

The Washington Post reported in 2002:

The United States spent millions of dollars to supply Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings ….

The primers, which were filled with talk of jihad and featured drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines, have served since then as the Afghan school system’s core curriculum. Even the Taliban used the American-produced books ….

The Council on Foreign Relations notes:

The 9/11 Commission report (PDF) released in 2004 said some of Pakistan’s religious schools or madrassas served as “incubators for violent extremism.” Since then, there has been much debate over madrassas and their connection to militancy.

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New madrassas sprouted, funded and supported by Saudi Arabia and U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, where students were encouraged to join the Afghan resistance.

And see this.

Veteran journalist Robert Dreyfuss writes:

For half a century the United States and many of its allies saw what I call the “Islamic right” as convenient partners in the Cold War.

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In the decades before 9/11, hard-core activists and organizations among Muslim fundamentalists on the far right were often viewed as allies for two reasons, because they were seen a fierce anti-communists and because the opposed secular nationalists such as Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser, Iran’s Mohammed Mossadegh.

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By the end of the 1950s, rather than allying itself with the secular forces of progress in the Middle East and the Arab world, the United States found itself in league with Saudi Arabia’s Islamist legions. Choosing Saudi Arabia over Nasser’s Egypt was probably the single biggest mistake the United States has ever made in the Middle East.

A second big mistake … occurred in the 1970s, when, at the height of the Cold War and the struggle for control of the Middle East, the United States either supported or acquiesced in the rapid growth of Islamic right in countries from Egypt to Afghanistan. In Egypt, Anwar Sadat brought the Muslim Brotherhood back to Egypt. In Syria, the United States, Israel, and Jordan supported the Muslim Brotherhood in a civil war against Syria. And … Israel quietly backed Ahmed Yassin and the Muslim Brotherhood in the West Bank and Gaza, leading to the establishment of Hamas.

Still another major mistake was the fantasy that Islam would penetrate the USSR and unravel the Soviet Union in Asia. It led to America’s support for the jihadists in Afghanistan. But … America’s alliance with the Afghan Islamists long predated the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and had its roots in CIA activity in Afghanistan in the 1960s and in the early and mid-1970s. The Afghan jihad spawned civil war in Afghanistan in the late 1980s, gave rise to the Taliban, and got Osama bin Laden started on building Al Qaeda.

Would the Islamic right have existed without U.S. support? Of course. This is not a book for the conspiracy-minded. But there is no question that the virulence of the movement that we now confront—and which confronts many of the countries in the region, too, from Algeria to India and beyond—would have been significantly less had the United States made other choices during the Cold War.

In other words, if the U.S. and our allies hadn’t backed the radical violent Muslims instead of more stable, peaceful groups in the Middle East, radical Islam wouldn’t have grown so large.

Pakistani nuclear scientist and peace activist Perez Hoodbhoy writes:

Every religion, including Islam, has its crazed fanatics. Few in numbers and small in strength, they can properly be assigned to the “loony” section. This was true for Islam as well until 1979, the year of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Indeed, there may well have been no 911 but for this game-changer.

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Officials like Richard Perle, Assistant Secretary of Defense, immediately saw Afghanistan not as the locale of a harsh and dangerous conflict to be ended but as a place to teach the Russians a lesson. Such “bleeders” became the most influential people in Washington .

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The task of creating such solidarity fell upon Saudi Arabia, together with other conservative Arab monarchies. This duty was accepted readily and they quickly made the Afghan Jihad their central cause…. But still more importantly, to go heart and soul for jihad was crucial at a time when Saudi legitimacy as the guardians of Islam was under strong challenge by Iran, which pointed to the continued occupation of Palestine by America’s partner, Israel. An increasing number of Saudis were becoming disaffected by the House of Saud – its corruption, self-indulgence, repression, and closeness to the US. Therefore, the Jihad in Afghanistan provided an excellent outlet for the growing number of militant Sunni activists in Saudi Arabia, and a way to deal with the daily taunts of the Iranian clergy.

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The bleeders soon organized and armed the Great Global Jihad, funded by Saudi Arabia, and executed by Pakistan. A powerful magnet for militant Sunni activists was created by the US. The most hardened and ideologically dedicated men were sought on the logic that they would be the best fighters. Advertisements, paid for from CIA funds, were placed in newspapers and newsletters around the world offering inducements and motivations to join the Jihad.

American universities produced books for Afghan children that extolled the virtues of jihad and of killing communists. Readers browsing through book bazaars in Rawalpindi and Peshawar can, even today, sometimes find textbooks produced as part of the series underwritten by a USAID $50 million grant to the University of Nebraska in the 1980′s . These textbooks sought to counterbalance Marxism through creating enthusiasm in Islamic militancy. They exhorted Afghan children to “pluck out the eyes of the Soviet enemy and cut off his legs”. Years after the books were first printed they were approved by the Taliban for use in madrassas – a stamp of their ideological correctness and they are still widely available in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

At the international level, Radical Islam went into overdrive as its superpower ally, the United States, funneled support to the mujahideen. Ronald Reagan feted jihadist leaders on the White House lawn, and the U.S. press lionized them.

And the chief of the visa section at the U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (J. Michael Springmann, who is now an attorney in private practice) says that the CIA insisted that visas be issued to Afghanis so they could travel to the U.S. to be trained in terrorism in the United States, and then sent back to Afghanistan to fight the Soviets.

1993 World Trade Center Bombing

New York District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau believed that the intelligence services could and should have stopped the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, but they were preoccupied with other issues cover.  As well-known investigative  journalist Robert I. Friedman wrote in New York Magazine in 1995:

 Shiekh Omar Abdel Rahman commands an almost deified adoration and respect in certain Islamic circles. It was his 1980 fatwa – religious decree – condemning Anwar Sadat for making peace with Israel that is widely believed to be responsible for Sadat’s assassination a year later. (Rahman was subsequently tried but acquitted.)

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The CIA paid to send Abdel Rahman to Peshawar ‘to preach to the Afghans about the necessity of unity to overthrow the Kabul regime,’ according to Professor Rubin. By all accounts, Rahman was brilliant at inspiring the faithful.

As a reward for his services, the CIA gave the sheikh a one-year visa to the United States in May, 1990 – even though he was on a State Department terrorism watch list that should have barred him from the country.

After a public outcry in the wake of the World Trade Centre bombing, a State Department representative discovered that Rahman had, in fact, received four United States visas dating back to December 15, 1986. All were given to him by CIA agents acting as consular officers at American embassies in Khartoum and Cairo. The CIA officers claimed they didn’t know the sheikh was one of the most notorious political figures in the Middle East and a militant on the State Department’s list of undesirables. The agent in Khartoum said that when the sheikh walked in the computers were down and the Sudanese clerk didn’t bother to check the microfiche file.

Says one top New York investigator: ‘Left with the choice between pleading stupidity or else admitting deceit, the CIA went with stupidity.’

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The sheikh arrived in Brooklyn at a fortuitous time for the CIA. In the wake of the Soviet Union’s retreat from Afghanistan, Congress had slashed the amount of covert aid going to the mujaheddin. The international network of Arab-financed support groups became even more vital to the CIA, including the string of jihad offices that had been set up across America with the help of Saudi and American intelligence. To drum up support, the agency paved the way for veterans of the Afghan conflict to visit the centres and tell their inspirational war stories; in return, the centres collected millions of dollars for the rebels at a time when they needed it most.

There were jihad offices in Jersey City, Atlanta and Dallas, but the most important was the one in Brooklyn, called Alkifah – Arabic for ‘the struggle.’ That storefront became the de facto headquarters of the sheikh.

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On November 5, 1990, Rabbi Meir Kahane, an ultra-right-wing Zionist militant, was shot in the throat with a .357 magnum in a Manhattan hotel; El-Sayyid Nosair was gunned down by an off-duty postal inspector outside the hotel, and the murder weapon was found a few feet from his hand.

A subsequent search of Nosair’s Cliffside Park, New Jersey home turned up forty boxes of evidence – evidence that, had the D.A.’s office and the FBI looked at it more carefully, would have revealed an active terrorist conspiracy about to boil over in New York.

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In addition to discovering thousands of rounds of ammunition and hit lists with the names of New York judges and prosecutors, investigators found amongst the Nosair evidence classified U.S. military-training manuals.

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Also found amongst Nosair’s effects were several documents, letters and notebooks in Arabic, which when eventually translated would point to e terror conspiracy against the United States. The D.A.’s office shipped these, along with the other evidence, to the FBI’s office at 26 Federal Plaza. ‘We gave all this stuff to the bureau, thinking that they were well equipped,’ says one source close to the D.A.’s office. ‘After the World Trade Centre, we discovered they never translated the material.’

According to other sources familiar with the case, the FBI told District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau that Nosair was a lone gunman, not part of a broader conspiracy; the prosecution took this position at trial and lost, only convicting Nosair of gun charges. Morgenthau speculated the CIA may have encouraged the FBI not to pursue any other leads, these sources say. ‘The FBI lied to me,’ Morgenthau has told colleagues. ‘They’re supposed to untangle terrorist connections, but they can’t be trusted to do the job.’

Three years later, on the day the FBI arrested four Arabs for the World Trade Centre bombing, saying it had all of the suspects, Morgenthau’s ears pricked up. He didn’t believe the four were ‘self-starters,’ and speculated that there was probably a larger network as well as a foreign sponsor. He also had a hunch that the suspects would lead back to Sheikh Abdel Rahman. But he worried that the dots might not be connected because the U.S. government was protecting the sheikh for his help in Afghanistan.

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Nevertheless, some in the D.A.’s office believe that until the Ryder van exploded underneath New York’s tallest building, the sheikh and his men were being protected by the CIA. Morgenthau reportedly believes the CIA brought the sheikh to Brooklyn in the first place….

As far as can be determined, no American agency is investigating leads suggesting foreign-government involvement in the New York terror conspiracy. For example, Saudi intelligence has contributed to Sheikh Rahman’s legal-defence fund, according to Mohammed al-Khilewi, the former first secretary to the Saudi mission at the U.N.

Friedman notes that intelligence agents had possession of notes which should have linked all of these terrorists, but failed to connect the dots prior to 1993.

CNN ran a special report in 1994 called “Terror Nation? U.S. Creation?“, which noted – as summarized by Congressman Peter Deutsch:

Some Afghan groups that have had close affiliation with Pakistani Intelligence are believed to have been involved in the [1993] New York World Trade Center bombings.

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Pro-Western afghan officials …  officially warned the U.S. government about Hekmatyar no fewer than four times. The last warning delivered just days before the [1993] Trade Center attack.” Speaking to former CIA Director Robert Gates, about Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Peter Arnett reports, “The Pakistanis showered Gulbuddin Hekmatyar with U.S. provided weapons and sang his praises to the CIA. They had close ties with Hakmatyar going back to the mid-1970′s.”

This is interesting because it is widely-acknowledged that Gulbuddin Hekmatyar was enthusiastically backed by the U.S.  For example, U.S. News and World Report says:

[He was] once among America’s most valued allies. In the 1980s, the CIA funneled hundreds of millions of dollars in weapons and ammunition to help them battle the Soviet Army during its occupation of Afghanistan. Hekmatyar, then widely considered by Washington to be a reliable anti-Soviet rebel, was even flown to the United States by the CIA in 1985.

As the New York Times, CBS News and others reported, an FBI informant involved in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center begged the FBI to substitute fake bomb power for real explosives, but his FBI handler somehow let real explosives be used.

Bosnia

As professor of strategy at the Naval War College and former National Security Agency intelligence analyst and counterintelligence officer John R. Schindler documents, the U.S. supported Bin Laden and other Al Qaeda terrorists in Bosnia.

2001

As reported by Newsweek, the New York Times and others, an FBI informant hosted and rented a room to 2 of the 9/11 hijackers in 2000 while they were in the U.S., but then failed to stop them.

Indeed, former counter-terrorism boss Richard Clarke theorizes that top CIA brass tried to recruit the hijackers and turn them to our side, but were unsuccessful. And – when they realized had failed – they covered up their tracks so that the FBI would not investigate their illegal CIA activities , “malfeasance and misfeasance”, on U.S. soil.

(The Congressional Joint Inquiry into 9/11 sought to interview the informant, the FBI refused outright, and then hid him in an unknown location, and that a high-level FBI official stated these blocking maneuvers were undertaken under orders from the White House.)

One of the main trainers of Bin Laden and Al Qaeda worked at various times for the Green Berets, the CIA and the FBI.   As former ABC News investigative reporter Peter Lance says (as summarized by Raw Story):

Ali Mohamed … was something of an al Qaeda super-spy who managed to work with terrorists, the Green Berets, the CIA and become an FBI informant, even while ensuring Osama bin Laden’s safe passage around the middle east.

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Mohamed … was actually responsible for writing portions of the terror network’s training manual and played a key role in the bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa which left over 200 dead…

“He believes that chagrin over the fact that bin Laden’s spy stole top-secret intelligence (including, for example, the positions of all Green Beret and SEAL units worldwide) led to a decision on high to bury the entire Able Danger intelligence program, which identified the Al Qaeda cell active in Brooklyn months before the 9/11 attacks, and also identified Ali Mohamed as a member of bin Laden’s inner circle as early as March 2000.”

Bloomberg reported in 2006:

Mohamed trained terrorists how to hijack airliners, bomb buildings and assassinate rivals. He created al-Qaeda cells in the U.S., even helping with fund raising. He also arranged meetings between bin Laden and Hezbollah leaders and scouted bombing targets, including U.S. embassies in East Africa.

What makes it all especially disturbing is that during much of this time Mohamed was a U.S. citizen, an operative for the CIA and FBI, and a member of the U.S. Army.

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Mohamed’s initial infiltration of the U.S. military came in 1981 when, at the age of 29, he participated in an exchange program at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, home of the Green Berets and Delta Force.

After returning to Egypt he was drummed out of that country’s military because of his radical Islamic views. No matter. The CIA took him on in 1984, sending him to infiltrate a Hamburg mosque. There, Mohamed quickly blew his cover, resulting in his name being added to a watch list of suspected terrorists.

That still didn’t stop Mohamed, who was allowed to re-enter the U.S. in 1985.

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He joined the U.S. Army a year later, which took him back to Fort Bragg, where his superiors were alarmed by his praise of the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. His radicalism did not lead to his dismissal, though. Instead, Mohamed was asked to share his views with officers so that they might better understand the Islamic way.

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He stole documents at Fort Bragg and fashioned them into a terrorism training manual, which he used to help bin Laden’s personal security forces and countless terrorists. He also used his military credentials to take an unauthorized trip to Afghanistan, where he fought Soviet forces, a violation for which he was not disciplined.

After his military service ended, Mohamed did bin Laden’s bidding on many other fronts, including scouting bombing targets such as U.S. embassies in East Africa. He was arrested in 1998 after his part in the plots was revealed, and pleaded guilty in 2000 to five counts of conspiracy.

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Mohamed is thought to be supplying information helpful to the U.S. government from an undisclosed prison cell, and at least one person thinks his final chapter has yet to be written.

David Runke, a defense attorney in the African embassies bombing case, says, “I think the most likely thing that will happen is he’ll be released, he’ll be given a new name and a new identity, and he will pick up a life someplace.”

Rocky Mountain News noted in 2006:

Currently in U.S. custody, his whereabouts and legal status are closely guarded secrets, according to National Geographic Channel officials.

UC Berkeley Professor emeritus Peter Dale Scott is even less generous in regards to our government’s failure to stop Mohamed:

It is now generally admitted that Ali Mohamed (known in the al Qaeda camps as Abu Mohamed al Amriki — “Father Mohamed the American”) worked for the FBI, the CIA, and U.S. Special Forces. As he later confessed in court, he also aided the terrorist Ayman al-Zawahiri, a co-founder of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, and by then an aide to bin Laden, when he visited America to raise money.

The 9/11 Report mentioned him, and said that the plotters against the U.S. Embassy in Kenya were “led” (their word) by Ali Mohamed.

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Patrick Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorney who negotiated a plea bargain and confession from Ali Mohamed, said this in testimony to the Commission

Ali Mohamed. …. trained most of al Qaeda’s top leadership – including Bin Laden and Zawahiri – and most of al Qaeda’s top trainers. He gave some training to persons who would later carry out the 1993 World Trade Center bombing…. From 1994 until his arrest in 1998, he lived as an American citizen in California, applying for jobs as an FBI translator.

Patrick Fitzgerald knew Ali Mohamed well. In 1994 he had named him as an unindicted co-conspirator in the New York landmarks case, yet allowed him to remain free. This was because, as Fitzgerald knew, Ali Mohamed was an FBI informant, from at least 1993 and maybe 1989. Thus, from 1994 “until his arrest in 1998 [by which time the 9/11 plot was well under way], Mohamed shuttled between California, Afghanistan, Kenya, Somalia and at least a dozen other countries.” Shortly after 9/11, Larry C. Johnson, a former State Department and CIA official, faulted the FBI publicly for using Mohamed as an informant, when it should have recognized that the man was a high-ranking terrorist plotting against the United States.

[I]n 1993 Ali Mohamed had been detained by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Canada, when he inquired at an airport after an incoming al Qaeda terrorist who turned out to be carrying two forged Saudi passports. Mohamed immediately told the RCMP to make a phone call to the United States, and the call secured his release. We’ve since been told that it was Mohamed’s West coast FBI handler, John Zent, “who vouched for Ali and got him released.”

This release enabled Ali to go on to Kenya, take pictures of the U.S. Embassy, and deliver them to bin Laden for the Embassy bombing plot.

In August 2006 there was a National Geographic Special on Ali Mohamed. We can take this as the new official fallback position on Ali Mohamed, because John Cloonan, the FBI agent who worked with Fitzgerald on Mohamed, helped narrate it. I didn’t see the show, but here’s what TV critics said about its contents:

Ali Mohamed manipulated the FBI, CIA and U.S. Army on behalf of Osama bin Laden. Mohamed trained terrorists how to hijack airliners, bomb buildings and assassinate rivals. [D]uring much of this time Mohamed was …, an operative for the CIA and FBI, and a member of the U.S. Army. …Mohamed turned up in FBI surveillance photos as early as 1989, training radical Muslims who would go on to assassinate Jewish militant Meir Kahane and detonate a truck bomb at the World Trade Center. He not only avoided arrest, but managed to become an FBI informant while writing most of the al Qaeda terrorist manual and helping plan attacks on American troops in Somalia and U.S. embassies in Africa.

That Mohamed trained al Qaeda in hijacking planes and wrote most of the al Qaeda terrorist manual is confirmed in a new book by Lawrence Wright, who has seen US Government records. Let me say this again: one of al-Qaeda’s top trainers in terrorism and how to hijack airplanes was an operative for FBI, CIA, and the Army…

Within days of 9/11 Cloonan rushed backed from Yemen and interviewed Ali, whom the Feds had allowed to slip into witness protection, and demanded to know the details of the plot. At that point Ali wrote it all out – including details of how he’d counseled would-be hijackers on how to smuggle box cutters on board aircraft and where to sit, to effect the airline seizures.

If all these latest revelations about Ali Mohamed are true, then:

1) a key planner of the 9/11 plot, and trainer in hijacking, was simultaneously an informant for the FBI.

2) This operative trained the members for all of the chief Islamist attacks inside the United States – the first WTC bombing, the New York landmarks plot, and finally 9/11, as well as the attacks against Americans in Somalia and Kenya.

3) And yet for four years Mohamed was allowed to move in and out of the country as an unindicted conspirator. Then, unlike his trainees, he was allowed to plea-bargain. To this day he may still not have been sentenced for any crime.…

All three had been trained by Ali Mohamed back in the late 1980s at a rifle range, where the FBI had photographed them, before terminating this surveillance in the fall of 1989.

The U.S. Government was thus in an excellent position to arrest, indict, and convict all of the terrorists involved, including Mohamed…

While this post does not address any “inside job” theories, there is evidence that intelligence services made other priorities – perhaps 1) covering up their previous backing of Al Qaeda, 2) trying to turn Al Qaeda operatives to our side, or 3) reserving the possibility of using them in future missions in other parts of the world – more important than capturing and disrupting Al Qaeda leadership:

  • A high-level military intelligence officer says that his unit – tasked with tracking Bin Laden prior to 9/11 – was pulled off the task, and their warnings that the World Trade Center and Pentagon were being targeted were ignored
  • The CIA may have helped many of the 9/11 hijackers get their visas to the U.S.

Nothing Has Changed … We’re STILL Backing Terrorists to Carry Out Geopolitical Goals

If you assume that this is ancient history, remember that:

  • The U.S. and Saudi Arabia are currently supporting Al Qaeda terrorists in Syria (see this, this and this)
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  • Silver Zionist

    America is a strong ally of Saudi Arabia – the most vile , disgusting, oppressive and Jihad supporting country in the world. Saudi Arabia was responsible for 9/11, Beslan, and a whole host of other terrorist attacks. There is something really vile in the departments of state of the USA which allows, nay, encourages Saudi backed Jihadis to systematically destroy Christianity in the world.

    But it will not win. There will be a price to pay.

    • Somon Tombe

      Don’t forget the Israel was deeply involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and as of today, the US hasn’t punish the Zionist regime.

  • http://rehmat1.com/ Rehmat

    Israel, Al-Qaeda and Suadi Arabia are all terrorist entities created by the western colonialists. However, some self-denials still believe the stories of Saudi Arabia being the “Master-mined” of 9/11 as claimed in their books by people like Michael Moore and Noam Chomsky. However, the truth is Suadi ‘royals’ were not the only ‘evils’ behind the 9/11. In fact they’re ‘minor’ players in Israel’s “Big Bang” on September 11, 2001.

    Lt. Gen. Hamid Gul told a French journalist on September 26, 2001 that Mossad was behind the 9/11 tragedy. Since then, hundreds of Jewish and Christian scholars and scientists have challenged the “9/11 official story”. These include Israeli Jewish author Barry Chamish, and academic with Jewish family roots, Dr. Richard Falk and Dr Alan Sabrosky – and Rep. Ron Paul.

    Speaking at the Kuala Lupur 9/11 and the Ecological Crisis forum, renowned American Christian theologian scholar and author professor David Ray Griffin claimed that September 11, 2001 attacks were not the work of the so-called “Muslim terrorists” but was a “staged event”. He also said that the so-called “hijackers” had minimum competence to fly single-engine aircraft, let alone be able to handle commercial jets.

    http://rehmat1.com/2012/07/20/us-christian-theologian-911-was-a-staged-event/

    • Siusaidh

      You are correct. The idea there was foreknowledge is a diversion. Whoever the actual highjackers, etc., those who organized this enabling event, this bigger, better, and much-desired ‘Pearl Harbor’ were Americans in very powerful positions. For many of us the ‘smoking gun’ is WTC Building 7, which had only a few small fires yet, like the two towers, fell neatly straight down when the decision was made to ‘pull it’. No one rigs such a building for demolition in a few hours. Thus not only was there foreknowledge, but very extensive preparation by people with high security clearance. The questions that remain are how many more years this huge hoax be be allowed to enable war after war after war and how many million more innocent people will be condemned to die for the Biggest Lie.

  • http://blogdredd.blogspot.com/ Dredd

    Washington’s Blog should get a Pulitzer.

    • jim p

      Actually, I’m pretty sure it is illegal to report things as in-depth and as thoroughly as Washington’s Blog does.

  • jim p

    Take a look at Narconews’ report on the US agreement with a major Mexican drug cartel, wherein we hit their enemies for a cut in the profits chance to minimize the violence. http://www.narconews.com/Issue67/article4621.html

    Our domestic and foreign secret police suffer from the same Realpolitik disease afflicting our political class. Not so much a philosophy as a sign of moral and practical imbecility, Realpolitik has it that you throw out “right and wrong” and consider only “interests.” Which then results in a permanent, and self-sustaining, myopia. Where one never sees the obvious blowback down the road. It’s part of the delusion that you can cut corners, but not have to pay for that; ignoring human experience where you not only pay for everything sooner or later, you pay with interest.

    This post, btw, is entirely brilliant and comprehensive. Thanks to the author for this.

    For a wider historical context, remember that supporting Islamic Fundamentalists actually goes back to the 1880s, when Britain and France helped create them and backed them in an attempt to throw a monkey wrench into the growth of anti-colonialist, nationalist movements. Some of this background can be found in Robert Dreyfuss’ “Devil’s Game,” which contains a multitude of references and sources for this on the way up to covering some of the more modern manifestations.

  • Bev

    The following goes to motive and should be checked out by historians, scholars:

    Darryl Robert Schoon’s site:

    http://www.drschoon.com/

    quoting:

    9/11, Gold, Money & Power

    9/11, gold, money and power are inextricably intertwined. In 1987, I met Howard Hughes’ former banker, Dr. Norman Bernard Thirion; and, in strict confidentiality, Thirion told me a story that led to a name that has now been connected to 9/11.

    pdf link at Schoon’s site:

    http://www.drschoon.com/members/images/911GoldMoneAndPower.pdf

    again quoting:

    .. a vast international criminal conspiracy at the heart of the American government…[beginning] with the criminal prosecution of former Reagan intelligence coordinator, Lee Wanta…Charges allege that the 9/11 attacks were planned and executed in order to cover financial crimes.

    …..

    • Bev

      And, why are we now getting articles like this:

      http://markcrispinmiller.com/2012/08/as-rightist-terror-surges-obamas-dhs-shuts-down-its-rightist-terrorism-unit/

      As rightist terror surges, Obama’s DHS shuts down its rightist terrorism unit

      Daryl Johnson: I tried to warn them
      I wrote the infamous report that led Homeland Security to gut its right-wing terrorism unit
      By Daryl Johnson

      ……

      Why would that be? Who would they run into?

      Read a few articles (also needing verification by historians, journalists, professors) by Dan at

      http://bigdanblogger.blogspot.com/

      He says Romney has hired the Bush 911 “national security” people.

      …………

      http://existentialistcowboy.blogspot.com/2012/01/aa-exposes-bushs-big-lie-flight-11-did.html

      AA Exposes Bush’s ‘Big Lie’: Flight 11 DID NOT FLY on 911!

      by Len Hart, The Existentialist Cowboy

      American Airlines is the source for information that AA Flights 11 (North Tower) and 77 (Pentagon) did not fly on 911. If neither flew on 911, the Bush ‘theory’ is a lie. If the Bush ‘theory’ is a lie, there remains only one explanation and that is: 911 was an inside job given a green-light by Bush himself.

      These flights are critical to the the government’s crumbling cover up! Conan Doyle, the brilliant creator of the character Sherlock Holmes, said: “When you have eliminated the impossible whatever remains however implausible must be the truth!” Bush’s official conspiracy theory of 911 is not only impossible, it’s absurd and insulting to intelligent people!

      The Bush Conspiracy Theory is impossible! And it’s a Lie.

      ……..

      We need to solve our problems like Fukushima, and the need for Debt Free and Interest Free Money from government to rebuild our societies for everyone. We do not want money that is Debt money loans paid to bankers causing the collapse of our homes, businesses, jobs, pensions, cities, states, and nations.

      …………

      The coalition against truth, justice and the American (at its best) way which would be the humane way:

      as per Kevin Phillips:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Phillips_%28political_commentator%29



      Formerly a Republican Party strategist, Phillips has become disaffected with his former party over the last two decades, and is now one of its most scathing critics. 



      American Theocracy (2006)

      

Allen Dwight Callahan[1] states the book’s theme is that the Republican Party (GOP), religious fundamentalism, petroleum, and borrowed money are an “Unholy Alliance.”[2] The last chapter, in a nod to his first major work, is titled “The Erring Republican Majority.” American Theocracy “presents a nightmarish vision of ideological extremism, catastrophic fiscal irresponsibility, rampant greed and dangerous shortsightedness.”


      which is the same as:

      http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~altemey/

      Bob Altemeyer’s – The Authoritarians

      The whole book:
      http://members.shaw.ca/jeanaltemeyer/drbob/TheAuthoritarians.pdf

      which is the same as:

      http://www.alternet.org/print/story/156071/conservative_southern_values_revived%3A_how_a_brutal_strain_of_american_aristocrats_have_come_to_rule_america

      Conservative Southern Values Revived: How a Brutal Strain of American Aristocrats Have Come to Rule America

      • Bev

        In case you have trouble linking to Len Hart’s site because of some site called “webring” then here is his update:

        http://existentialistcowboy.blogspot.com/

        September 12, 2012

        Lies Bushco Told About 911
        by Len Hart, The Existentialist Cowboy

        On the topic of 911, we –the people –have won NO battles. Even worse –chances that we will ever win a battle for truth over bullshit, justice over obstructions of justice shrink with each passing day.

        That is true despite the fact that the Bush conspiracy theory of 911 –a conspiracy theory of some 19 Arab ‘tursts’ –is easily proven to be BS on its face. In short -NOTHING said by Bush about 911 was true. Here’s a very, very short list of 911 anomolies anyone of which brings down the whole rotten edifice…

        NO airliner crashed at the alleged site in PA. Flight 93, we were expected to believe, managed to bury itself upon impact. It’s a convenient lie designed to cover up the fact that no airliner wreckage was ever visible at the alleged ‘crash’ site. The myths and lies can be put to rest with a simple excavation which is sure to turn up nothing because there is not now nor was there ever any wreckage at the Pentagon that was traceable to any airliner whatsoever. .

        WTC 7 was ‘pulled’. Silverstein himself said so and every demolition expert in the world knows that that is, indeed, the case. The building had been prepped.

        The laws of the CONSERVATON OF MATTER and ENERGY were not repealed. See any phsycist at M.I.T. to confirm that; ERGO –no airliner struck the PENTAGON and no wreckage traceable to an airliner WAS EVER recovered.

        KEROSENE –jet fuel is kerosene –will NEVER burn hot enough to melt or weaken steel. In addition, THERMITE was found and confirmed by experts and published in peer-reviewed papers.

        The BBC interviewed several ‘said’ hijackers though they were said by Bush partisans to have died in the attacks. Dead men don’t give interviews. Another fatal flaw in the official conspiracy theory.

        . American Airlines is the source for information that AA Flights 11 (North Tower) and 77 (Pentagon) did not fly on 911.

        My approach is the A. Conan Doyle approach…

        When you have eliminated the impossible whatever remains, however implausible, must be the truth!

        The Bush ‘theory’ is the only ‘conspiracy’ theory of 911 that meets the definition of the term –conspiracy –most precisely.

        Bush’s critics, however, rarely advance a theory at all. They are most often labeled ‘conspiracy theorists’ for merely shooting holes in the Bush conspiracy theory. But for reasons unknown to me, millions have a mental blind spot that prevents or short-circuits rational dialogue about 911.

        Also see: AA Exposes Bush’s ‘Big Lie’: Flight 11 DID NOT FLY on 911!

  • http://www.marijuanaparty.ca/article.php3?id_article=161 Blair T. Longley

    I noticed that most of the previous comments posted under you previous article “9/11: Criminal Incompetence and Ass-Covering by the Bush Administration” seem to have just disappeared … so I will keep this one short …

    Your current article states:

    “This essay does not address any “inside job” theories for 9/11 or other terrorist attacks on America.”

    However, its very title presumes way too much, regarding what “Led to 9/11″ … One of the fundamental statements about things like this are that “The lies are different at every level.” Although I can understand why you would eschew attempts to assess the “inside job” aspects, and therefore, try to write everything, like your last article, using publicly available documents, which prove various facts … Any and all attempts to discuss the 9/11/2001 events that do not address the plainly obvious controlled demolition of steel frame structures, which proves beyond any doubt that those MUST have been some kind of “inside job,” are immediately starting off on the wrong foot, hopping backwards. Therefore, I find the title of your article above to be profoundly misleading.

    In my opinion, understanding 9/11 necessarily is a trip through a Bizarro Mirror World Fun House, where everything is distorted and backwards, and the various layers of lies reflect back, again and again, the more that one turns to try to see them! As far as I know, there is an almost infinite tunnel of deceits through 9/11 … There is level after level of misinformation, and one has to extremely careful not to presume anything, as an initial premise taken for granted. Building the rest one’s story after not doing that only adds more distorted reflections!

    • Ali H

      The author states that he does not address that issue. That’s all. That issue, and the material so superbly and concisely documented in this article, are not mutually exclusive. These narratives do not necessarily conflict. In the dirty world of subterfuge, illusion, big lies, double agents and so forth I see no problem whatsoever with the hypothesis that these two narratives are not only true, but in the detail, intimately intertwined. Even at the simplest level, if it was an inside job, this would require the charade of Arab terrorists or Jihadis or the Muslim right, or whatever we may care to call them. They are proving useful even as we discuss this.

      • http://www.marijuanaparty.ca/article.php3?id_article=161 Blair T. Longley

        You are right, Ali H.!

  • http://grand-chessboard.com Bill Giltner

    The evidence goes well beyond this silly Michael Moore Fahrenheit 9/11 level of not even LIHOP analysis.

    • http://www.marijuanaparty.ca/article.php3?id_article=161 Blair T. Longley

      Surprisingly, PBS is finally running an adequate documentary about 9/11:

      http://video.pbs.org/video/2270078138

      9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out

      It is not so surprising that that video has become a relatively popular one!

      Anyway, I liked this mind-boggling observation, as appears in this article:

      http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/332051#tab=comments&sc=1530297

      “Both the Republicans and Democrats, as equally staunch defenders of the official story,
      stand to be affected if the public’s suspicion of government corruption grows deeper.”

      But nevertheless, that is likely way too little, way too late. The overall economic collapses, world war, martial law, and so forth, that 9/11 was a BIG part of making happen, seem already way too advanced to stop now … The runaway triumphs of systems of huge lies, backed by violence, has already become social insanity, that must result in civilization going through some kinds of psychotic breakdowns. Nobody can predict what may be on the other side of madness of such magnitude!

      • Kathleen

        Blair, thank you for excellent commentary! Your point about building a story based on an “initial premise taken for granted” bears repeating. It stuns me to see articles such as this that go to such lengths based on a story–a story the U.S. government told the world was true and honest and accurate–without a shred of evidence behind it. Indeed, were it not for the “Jersey Girls”, we would not have even had that sham of a “report” by that sham of a commission. Yet, I shake my head in agreement with your point about the mirrors–lies getting reflected back over and over.

        I’m sorry that Washington has gone to such lengths and used his obvious talent to write so extensively about an unproven premise that he and so many have simply taken for granted–a unproven premise generated by a malicious, murderous den of pyschopaths at the highest levels of “government”.

  • clark

    It seems most Americans do Not care about all of this.
    Afterall, our national anthem is, “The roof’s on fire, but we don’t care, burn MF’er, burn!”

    … Idiots.

  • http://rehmat1.com/ Rehmat

    On September 10, 2002 – Philip Zelikow, the Zionist Jew Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission, told a crowd at the University of Virginia: “Why would Iraq attack America or use nuclear weapons against us? I’ll tell you what I think the real threat and actually has been since 1990 – It’s the threat against Israel“.

    America’s internationally-known author, womens’ rights activist, Marianne Williamson, is a Zionist Jew and blind supporter of Israel. In a recent interview she gave to Kevin Barrett, she said that she doesn’t believe in the “official 9/11 story”.

    “To have questions about 9/11, to me, is no different than having questions about the Warren Commission. And I don’t believe in the single bullet theory of the Kennedy assassination either,” she said.

    http://rehmat1.com/2012/08/31/marianne-williamson-israel-is-not-a-democracy/

  • http://ujisx.blogspot.com/p/911truth.html Doug

    Dear 911 Blowback Conspiracy theorist:

    Blowback can’t make WTC 1, 2, and 7 do what we saw.

    That is the problem you’re your 911 conspiracy theory.

    Anybody paying attention knows that Al-Qaeda has always been a covert multi-state intelligence operation, but that doesn’t translate into blowback causing 911 and that is not to suggest in any way that blowback is not a problem either.

    It is just the laws of physics are what they are, so deal with it.

  • Marc Authier

    The first victims of this criminal federal US government are Americans themselves. Agenda 21 is about destroying the middle class in USA and across Europe. We are dealing with financial terrorists. The real backers of Al-CIA-aida is the FED and international banksters from London and New-York.
    The real terrorists financing all this chaos are the usual bunch; BANKSTERS.

  • WeroInNM
  • Chocodog

    Thanks for this report. A lot of good information here. Since the physics prove beyond any doubt that the three buildings in Manhattan were professionally demolished, and the connections lead directly to radical right wing Zionists, in the States and in Israel, then it makes sense that so much time and effort was made to infiltrate Al Qaeda, Mujhadeen etc as it was necessary to create villians and patsies. The real masterminds of 9/11 are Ehud Barak and Jerome Hauer. Operations fell to Dick (Halliburton) Cheney. Here is a short video connecting most but not all of the dots.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8ILk4XbfLk&feature=g-high-u

    And here is a lobby group setting the stage for an Israel strike on Iran. This group is also lobbying Congress for US taxpayer money so these warmongering oil barons can ship their stolen crude and gas to world markets.

    http://www.usacc.org/leadership/honorary-council-of-advisors

    And this link shows the real motive for 9/11. http://www.historycommons.org/timeline.jsp?before_9/11=pipelinePolitics&timeline=complete_911_timeline

    And this Zionist is calling for another false flage event.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfoaLbbAix0&feature=player_embedded

  • Eko J

    could anyone explain why is us support al qaeda/wahhabi which against the us ?
    and why saudi arabia (source of wahhabi) still work together with the us, since soviet union already fall ?
    the libya and syria war is for natural resources for the us, but what for the saudi & al qaeda ?
    im just confused..

  • SHAMROCK

    Preface: The director of the National Security Agency under Ronald Reagan – Lt. General William Odom – noted:

    Because the United States itself has a long record of
    supporting terrorists and using terrorist tactics, the slogans of
    today’s war on terrorism merely makes the United States look
    hypocritical to the rest of the world.

    Odom also said:

    By any measure the US has long used terrorism. In ‘78-79
    the Senate was trying to pass a law against international terrorism – in
    every version they produced, the lawyers said the US would be in
    violation.

  • SHAMROCK

    We Created Al Qaeda to Fight the Soviets in Afghanistan

    Jimmy Carter’s National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski admitted on CNN that the U.S. organized and supported Bin Laden and the other originators of “Al Qaeda” in the 1970s to fight the Soviets.

  • SHAMROCK

    CIA director and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates confirmed in his memoir that the U.S. backed the Mujahadin in the 1970s.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton agrees:

  • SHAMROCK

    The CIA, concerned about the factionalism of Afghanistan … found that
    Arab zealots who flocked to aid the Afghans were easier to “read” than
    the rivalry-ridden natives. While the Arab volunteers might well prove
    troublesome later, the agency reasoned, they at least were
    one-dimensionally anti-Soviet for now. So bin Laden, along with a small
    group of Islamic militants from Egypt, Pakistan, Lebanon, Syria and
    Palestinian refugee camps all over the Middle East, became the
    “reliable” partners of the CIA in its war against Moscow.

  • SHAMROCK

    To this day, those involved in the decision to give the Afghan rebels
    access to a fortune in covert funding and top-level combat weaponry
    continue to defend that move in the context of the Cold War. Sen. Orrin
    Hatch, a senior Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee making
    those decisions, told my colleague Robert Windrem that he would make the
    same call again today even knowing what bin Laden would do
    subsequently. “It was worth it,” he said.

    “Those were very important, pivotal matters that played an important role in the downfall of the Soviet Union,” he said.

  • SHAMROCK

    Question: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs ["From the Shadows"], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention.
    In this period you were the national security adviser to President
    Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that
    correct?Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history,
    CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the
    Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality,
    secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise Indeed, it was July
    3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid
    to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I
    wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my
    opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.

  • SHAMROCK

    Q: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic fundamentalism, having given arms and advice to future terrorists?

    B: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or
    the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the
    liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?

  • SHAMROCK

    The Washington Post reported in 2002:

    The United States spent millions of dollars to supply
    Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks filled with violent images and
    militant Islamic teachings ….

    The primers, which were filled with talk of jihad and featured
    drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines, have served since then as
    the Afghan school system’s core curriculum. Even the Taliban used the
    American-produced books ….

  • SHAMROCK

    By the end of the 1950s, rather than allying itself with the secular
    forces of progress in the Middle East and the Arab world, the United
    States found itself in league with Saudi Arabia’s Islamist legions.
    Choosing Saudi Arabia over Nasser’s Egypt was probably the single
    biggest mistake the United States has ever made in the Middle East.

  • SHAMROCK

    A second big mistake … occurred in the 1970s, when, at the height of the
    Cold War and the struggle for control of the Middle East, the United
    States either supported or acquiesced in the rapid growth of Islamic
    right in countries from Egypt to Afghanistan. In Egypt, Anwar Sadat
    brought the Muslim Brotherhood back to Egypt. In Syria, the United
    States, Israel, and Jordan supported the Muslim Brotherhood in a civil
    war against Syria. And … Israel quietly backed Ahmed Yassin and the
    Muslim Brotherhood in the West Bank and Gaza, leading to the
    establishment of Hamas.

  • SHAMROCK

    Still another major mistake was the fantasy that Islam would penetrate
    the USSR and unravel the Soviet Union in Asia. It led to America’s
    support for the jihadists in Afghanistan. But … America’s alliance with
    the Afghan Islamists long predated the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in
    1979 and had its roots in CIA activity in Afghanistan in the 1960s and
    in the early and mid-1970s. The Afghan jihad spawned civil war in
    Afghanistan in the late 1980s, gave rise to the Taliban, and got Osama
    bin Laden started on building Al Qaeda.

  • SHAMROCK

    Would the Islamic right have existed without U.S.
    support? Of course. This is not a book for the conspiracy-minded. But
    there is no question that the virulence of the movement that we now
    confront—and which confronts many of the countries in the region, too,
    from Algeria to India and beyond—would have been significantly less had
    the United States made other choices during the Cold War.

    In other words, if the U.S. and our allies hadn’t backed the radical
    violent Muslims instead of more stable, peaceful groups in the Middle
    East, radical Islam wouldn’t have grown so large.

  • SHAMROCK

    Officials like Richard Perle, Assistant Secretary of Defense,
    immediately saw Afghanistan not as the locale of a harsh and dangerous
    conflict to be ended but as a place to teach the Russians a lesson. Such
    “bleeders” became the most influential people in Washington .

  • SHAMROCK

    The task of creating such solidarity fell upon Saudi Arabia, together
    with other conservative Arab monarchies. This duty was accepted readily
    and they quickly made the Afghan Jihad their central cause…. But still
    more importantly, to go heart and soul for jihad was crucial at a time
    when Saudi legitimacy as the guardians of Islam was under strong
    challenge by Iran, which pointed to the continued occupation of
    Palestine by America’s partner, Israel. An increasing number of Saudis
    were becoming disaffected by the House of Saud – its corruption,
    self-indulgence, repression, and closeness to the US. Therefore, the
    Jihad in Afghanistan provided an excellent outlet for the growing number
    of militant Sunni activists in Saudi Arabia, and a way to deal with the
    daily taunts of the Iranian clergy.

  • SHAMROCK

    The bleeders soon organized and armed the Great Global Jihad, funded by Saudi Arabia, and executed by Pakistan. A
    powerful magnet for militant Sunni activists was created by the US. The
    most hardened and ideologically dedicated men were sought on the logic
    that they would be the best fighters. Advertisements, paid for from CIA
    funds, were placed in newspapers and newsletters around the world
    offering inducements and motivations to join the Jihad.

  • SHAMROCK

    American universities produced books for Afghan children that
    extolled the virtues of jihad and of killing communists. Readers
    browsing through book bazaars in Rawalpindi and Peshawar can, even
    today, sometimes find textbooks produced as part of the series
    underwritten by a USAID $50 million grant to the University of Nebraska
    in the 1980′s . These textbooks sought to counterbalance Marxism through
    creating enthusiasm in Islamic militancy. They exhorted Afghan children
    to “pluck out the eyes of the Soviet enemy and cut off his legs”. Years
    after the books were first printed they were approved by the Taliban
    for use in madrassas – a stamp of their ideological correctness and they
    are still widely available in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

  • SHAMROCK

    And the chief of the visa section at the U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi
    Arabia (J. Michael Springmann, who is now an attorney in private
    practice) says
    that the CIA insisted that visas be issued to Afghanis so they could
    travel to the U.S. to be trained in terrorism in the United States, and
    then sent back to Afghanistan to fight the Soviets.

  • SHAMROCK

    1993 World Trade Center Bombing

    New York District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau believed that the
    intelligence services could and should have stopped the 1993 bombing of
    the World Trade Center, but they were preoccupied with other issues
    cover. As well-known investigative journalist Robert I. Friedman wrote in New York Magazine in 1995:

    Shiekh Omar Abdel Rahman commands an almost deified
    adoration and respect in certain Islamic circles. It was his 1980 fatwa –
    religious decree – condemning Anwar Sadat for making peace with Israel
    that is widely believed to be responsible for Sadat’s assassination a
    year later. (Rahman was subsequently tried but acquitted.)

  • SHAMROCK

    The CIA paid to send Abdel Rahman to Peshawar ‘to preach to the
    Afghans about the necessity of unity to overthrow the Kabul regime,’
    according to Professor Rubin. By all accounts, Rahman was brilliant at
    inspiring the faithful.

    As a reward for his services, the CIA gave the sheikh a one-year visa
    to the United States in May, 1990 – even though he was on a State
    Department terrorism watch list that should have barred him from the
    country.

  • SHAMROCK

    After a public outcry in the wake of the World Trade Centre bombing, a
    State Department representative discovered that Rahman had, in fact,
    received four United States visas dating back to December 15, 1986. All
    were given to him by CIA agents acting as consular officers at American
    embassies in Khartoum and Cairo. The CIA officers claimed they didn’t
    know the sheikh was one of the most notorious political figures in the
    Middle East and a militant on the State Department’s list of
    undesirables. The agent in Khartoum said that when the sheikh walked in
    the computers were down and the Sudanese clerk didn’t bother to check
    the microfiche file.

    Says one top New York investigator: ‘Left with the choice between
    pleading stupidity or else admitting deceit, the CIA went with
    stupidity.’

  • SHAMROCK

    The sheikh arrived in Brooklyn at a fortuitous time for the CIA. In
    the wake of the Soviet Union’s retreat from Afghanistan, Congress had
    slashed the amount of covert aid going to the mujaheddin. The
    international network of Arab-financed support groups became even more
    vital to the CIA, including the string of jihad offices that had been
    set up across America with the help of Saudi and American intelligence.
    To drum up support, the agency paved the way for veterans of the Afghan
    conflict to visit the centres and tell their inspirational war stories;
    in return, the centres collected millions of dollars for the rebels at a
    time when they needed it most.

    There were jihad offices in Jersey City, Atlanta and Dallas, but the
    most important was the one in Brooklyn, called Alkifah – Arabic for ‘the
    struggle.’ That storefront became the de facto headquarters of the
    sheikh.

  • SHAMROCK

    On November 5, 1990, Rabbi Meir Kahane, an ultra-right-wing Zionist
    militant, was shot in the throat with a .357 magnum in a Manhattan
    hotel; El-Sayyid Nosair was gunned down by an off-duty postal inspector
    outside the hotel, and the murder weapon was found a few feet from his
    hand.

    A subsequent search of Nosair’s Cliffside Park, New Jersey home
    turned up forty boxes of evidence – evidence that, had the D.A.’s office
    and the FBI looked at it more carefully, would have revealed an active
    terrorist conspiracy about to boil over in New York.

    ***

    In addition to discovering thousands of rounds of ammunition and hit
    lists with the names of New York judges and prosecutors, investigators
    found amongst the Nosair evidence classified U.S. military-training
    manuals.

  • SHAMROCK

    Also found amongst Nosair’s effects were several documents, letters
    and notebooks in Arabic, which when eventually translated would point to
    e terror conspiracy against the United States. The D.A.’s office
    shipped these, along with the other evidence, to the FBI’s office at 26
    Federal Plaza. ‘We gave all this stuff to the bureau, thinking that they
    were well equipped,’ says one source close to the D.A.’s office. ‘After
    the World Trade Centre, we discovered they never translated the
    material.’

    According to other sources familiar with the case, the FBI
    told District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau that Nosair was a lone
    gunman, not part of a broader conspiracy; the prosecution took this
    position at trial and lost, only convicting Nosair of gun charges.
    Morgenthau speculated the CIA may have encouraged the FBI not to pursue
    any other leads, these sources say. ‘The FBI lied to me,’ Morgenthau has
    told colleagues. ‘They’re supposed to untangle terrorist connections,
    but they can’t be trusted to do the job.’

  • SHAMROCK

    Three years later, on the day the FBI arrested four Arabs for the
    World Trade Centre bombing, saying it had all of the suspects,
    Morgenthau’s ears pricked up. He didn’t believe the four were
    ‘self-starters,’ and speculated that there was probably a larger network
    as well as a foreign sponsor. He also had a hunch that the suspects
    would lead back to Sheikh Abdel Rahman. But he worried that the dots might not be connected because the U.S. government was protecting the sheikh for his help in Afghanistan.

    ***

    Nevertheless, some in the D.A.’s office believe that until
    the Ryder van exploded underneath New York’s tallest building, the
    sheikh and his men were being protected by the CIA. Morgenthau
    reportedly believes the CIA brought the sheikh to Brooklyn in the first
    place….

    As far as can be determined, no American agency is investigating
    leads suggesting foreign-government involvement in the New York terror
    conspiracy. For example, Saudi intelligence has contributed to Sheikh Rahman’s legal-defence fund, according to Mohammed al-Khilewi, the former first secretary to the Saudi mission at the U.N.

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    1979 and had its roots in CIA activity in Afghanistan in the 1960s and
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