U.S. Supported Chechen Terrorists

Just Like We Supported Al Qaeda When It Was Fighting Russia (And We Are Now Supporting Al Qaeda In Libya, Syria and Elsewhere)

It’s extensively documented that U.S. backing of Al Qaeda led to 9/11, and that the U.S. is the world’s largest sponsor of terror.

Former FBI agent Colleen Rowley – a 2002 Time Person of the Yearpoints out that the neocons also backed Chechen terrorists as a way to challenge Russia:

Chechen “terrorists” proved useful to the U.S. in keeping pressure on the Russians, much as the Afghan mujahedeen were used in the anti-Soviet war in Afghanistan from 1980 to 1989. In fact, many neocons signed up as Chechnya’s “friends,” including former CIA Director James Woolsey.

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For instance, see this 2004 article in the UK Guardian, entitled, “The Chechens’ American friends: The Washington neocons’ commitment to the war on terror evaporates in Chechnya, whose cause they have made their own.”

Author John Laughland wrote: “the leading group which pleads the Chechen cause is the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya (ACPC). The list of the self-styled ‘distinguished Americans’ who are its members is a roll call of the most prominent neoconservatives who so enthusiastically support the ‘war on terror.’

“They include Richard Perle, the notorious Pentagon adviser; Elliott Abrams of Iran-Contra fame; Kenneth Adelman, the former US ambassador to the UN who egged on the invasion of Iraq by predicting it would be ‘a cakewalk’; Midge Decter, biographer of Donald Rumsfeld and a director of the rightwing Heritage Foundation; Frank Gaffney of the militarist Centre for Security Policy; Bruce Jackson, former US military intelligence officer and one-time vice-president of Lockheed Martin, now president of the US Committee on Nato; Michael Ledeen of the American Enterprise Institute, a former admirer of Italian fascism and now a leading proponent of regime change in Iran; and R. James Woolsey, the former CIA director who is one of the leading cheerleaders behind George Bush’s plans to re-model the Muslim world along pro-US lines.”

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Prominent former New York Times journalist (and author of The Commission book) Phil Shenon’s discovery of the incredible “Terrible Missed Chance” a couple of years ago.

Shenon’s discovery involved key information that the FBI and the entire “intelligence” community mishandled and covered up, not only before 9/11 but for a decade afterward. And it also related to the exact point of my 2002 “whistleblower memo” that led to the post 9/11 DOJ-Inspector General investigation about FBI failures and also partially helped launch the 9/11 Commission investigation.

But still the full truth did not come out, even after Shenon’s blockbuster discovery in 2011 of the April 2001 memo linking the main Chechen leader Ibn al Khattab to Osama bin Laden. The buried April 2001 memo had been addressed to FBI Director Louis Freeh (another illegal recipient of MEK money, by the way!) and also to eight of the FBI’s top counter-terrorism officials.

Similar memos must have been widely shared with all U.S. intelligence in April 2001. Within days of terrorist suspect Zaccarias Moussaoui’s arrest in Minnesota on Aug. 16, 2001, French intelligence confirmed that Moussaoui had been fighting under and recruiting for Ibn al-Khattab, raising concerns about Moussaoui’s flight training.

Yet FBI Headquarters officials balked at allowing a search of his laptop and other property, still refusing to recognize that: 1) the Chechen separatists were themselves a “terrorist group” for purposes of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s (FISA) legal requirement of acting “on behalf of a foreign power” and 2) that Moussaoui’s link to Ibn al Khattab inherently then linked him to bin Laden’s well-recognized Al Qaeda group for purposes of FISA (the point in my memo).

This all occurred during the same time that CIA Director George Tenet and other counter-terrorism officials — and don’t forget that Tenet was apprised of the information about Moussaoui’s arrest around Aug. 24, 2001 — told us their “hair was on fire” over the prospect of a major terrorist attack and “the system was blinking red.”

The post 9/11 investigations launched as a result of my 2002 “whistleblower memo” did conclude that a major mistake, which could have prevented or reduced 9/11, was the lack of recognition of al Khattab’s Chechen fighters as a “terrorist group” for purposes of FISA.

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Officials can get confused when their former covert “assets” turn into enemies themselves. That’s what has happened with al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in Libya and Syria, fighters who the U.S. government favored in their efforts to topple the Qaddafi and Assad regimes, respectively. These extremists are prone to turn against their American arms suppliers and handlers once the common enemy is defeated.

The same MO exists with the U.S. and Israel currently collaborating with the Iranian MEK terrorists who have committed assassinations inside Iran. The U.S. government has recently shifted the MEK terrorists from the ranks of “bad” to “good” terrorists as part of a broader campaign to undermine the Iranian government. For details, see “Our (New) Terrorists, the MEK: Have We Seen This Movie Before?”

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the lies and disinformation that go into the confusing and ever-morphing notion of “terrorism” result from the U.S. Military Industrial Complex (and its little brother, the “National Security Surveillance Complex”) and their need to control the mainstream media’s framing of the story.

So, a simplistic narrative/myth is put forth to sustain U.S. wars. From time to time, those details need to be reworked and some of the facts “forgotten” to maintain the storyline about bad terrorists “who hate the U.S.” when, in reality, the U.S. Government may have nurtured the same forces as “freedom fighters” against various “enemies.”

The bottom line is to never forget that “a poor man’s war is terrorism while a rich man’s terrorism is war” – and sometimes those lines cross for the purposes of big-power politics. War and terrorism seem to work in sync that way.

(And read this post from Sibel Edmonds, former FBI translator, who the Department of Justice’s Inspector General and several senators have called extremely credible.)

Was the Boston terror attack yet more blowback from idiotic U.S. foreign policy?

Given that we have recently backed Al Qaeda terrorists in Libya, Syria and elsewhere, the idiocy continues …

Postscript: We do not know what the true facts of the Boston bombing are. Not only are thee confusing and contradictory facts, but – as Yves Smith points out – there’s not yet even an “official” story.

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  • Tonto

    From the article- “But still the full truth did not come out, even after Shenon’s blockbuster discovery in 2011 of the April 2001 memo linking the main Chechen leader Ibn al Khattab to Osama bin Laden.”

    Come on. The whole article is a huge stretch. George W. Bush is linked more conclusively to Osama bin Laden.

    Osama bin Laden is the designated boogie-man. He’s been dead since December of 2001, and he had absolutely nothing to do with 9-11

    • Bev

      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 is a Lie!

      more

      ……..

      via:

      http://markcrispinmiller.com/2013/04/chechen-terrorists-have-had-a-lot-of-help-from-us-neocons/

      Chechen terrorists have had a lot of help from US neocons

      Chechen Terrorists and the Neocons

      April 19, 2013

      The revelation that the family of the two suspects in the Boston
      Marathon bombings was from Chechnya prompted new speculation about the
      attack as Islamic terrorism. Less discussed was the history of U.S.
      neocons supporting Chechen terrorists as a strategy to weaken Russia, as
      ex-FBI agent Coleen Rowley recalls.

      By Coleen Rowley

      from:

      http://consortiumnews.com/2013/04/19/chechen-terrorists-and-the-neocons/

      Chechen Terrorists and the Neocons

      April 19, 2013

      The revelation that the family of the two suspects in the Boston
      Marathon bombings was from Chechnya prompted new speculation about the
      attack as Islamic terrorism. Less discussed was the history of U.S.
      neocons supporting Chechen terrorists as a strategy to weaken Russia, as
      ex-FBI agent Coleen Rowley recalls.

      By Coleen Rowley

      I almost choked on my coffee listening to neoconservative Rudy
      Giuliani pompously claim on national TV that he was surprised about any
      Chechens being responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings because he’s
      never seen any indication that Chechen extremists harbored animosity
      toward the U.S.; Guiliani thought they were only focused on Russia.

      Giuliani knows full well how the Chechen “terrorists” proved useful
      to the U.S. in keeping pressure on the Russians, much as the Afghan
      mujahedeen were used in the anti-Soviet war in Afghanistan from 1980 to
      1989. In fact, many neocons signed up as Chechnya’s “friends,” including
      former CIA Director James Woolsey.

      Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

      For instance, see this 2004 article in the UK Guardian, entitled,
      “The Chechens’ American friends: The Washington neocons’ commitment to
      the war on terror evaporates in Chechnya, whose cause they have made
      their own.”

      Author John Laughland wrote: “the leading group which pleads the
      Chechen cause is the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya (ACPC).
      The list of the self-styled ‘distinguished Americans’ who are its
      members is a roll call of the most prominent neoconservatives who so
      enthusiastically support the ‘war on terror.’

      “They include Richard Perle, the notorious Pentagon adviser; Elliott
      Abrams of Iran-Contra fame; Kenneth Adelman, the former US ambassador to
      the UN who egged on the invasion of Iraq by predicting it would be ‘a
      cakewalk’; Midge Decter, biographer of Donald Rumsfeld and a director of
      the rightwing Heritage Foundation; Frank Gaffney of the militarist
      Centre for Security Policy; Bruce Jackson, former US military
      intelligence officer and one-time vice-president of Lockheed Martin, now
      president of the US Committee on Nato; Michael Ledeen of the American
      Enterprise Institute, a former admirer of Italian fascism and now a
      leading proponent of regime change in Iran; and R. James Woolsey, the
      former CIA director who is one of the leading cheerleaders behind George
      Bush’s plans to re-model the Muslim world along pro-US lines.”

      The ACPC later sanitized “Chechnya” to “Caucasus” so it’s rebranded
      itself as the “American Committee for Peace in the Caucasus.”

      more

      Also at http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/04/links-42313.html#Z4CJu3Xby6WLVCyF.99

      • Bev

        Real journalists need to triple check the following:

        http://www.madcowprod.com/2013/04/24/boston-bombers-uncle-ruslan-was-halliburton-contractor/

        Boston bombers ‘Uncle Ruslan’ was Halliburton contractor

        Posted on April 24, 2013 by Daniel Hopsicker

        ……

        http://www.madcowprod.com/2013/04/26/boston-bombers-uncle-married-daughter-of-top-cia-official/

        Boston bombers’ uncle married daughter of top CIA official

        Posted on April 26, 2013 by Daniel Hopsicker

        The uncle of the two suspected Boston bombers in last week’s attack, Ruslan Tsarni, was married to the daughter of former top CIA official Graham Fuller

      • Bev

        http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/04/28/cias-graham-fuller-connected-to-tsarnaevs-ran-911-cover-up-in-turkey/

        CIA’s Graham Fuller, connected to Tsarnaevs -9/11 cover-up
        Daniel Hopsicker…just published a very interesting piece on the Boston bombings. According to Hopsicker, the Tsarnaev brothers’ uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, married the daughter of rogue CIA operative Graham Fuller.

        Graham Fuller is on FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds’ list of National Security State criminals who are known to be criminals by the FBI, but are being protected under the State Secrets Privilege.

        During my three-week speaking tour of Turkey two years ago, I learned another interesting fact about Fuller: He led the CIA’s 9/11 cover-up in Turkey.

        By September 12th, 2001, most of the leading international-affairs journalists in Turkey knew or suspected that the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon had been an inside job. But few wrote about their suspicions. Why not? Because Fuller had threatened them, and they feared for their lives.

        more
        ……

        http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2013/04/27/bfp-breaking-news-boston-terror-cias-graham-fuller-nato-cia-operation-gladio-b-caucasus-central-asia/

        BFP BREAKING NEWS: Boston Terror, CIA’s Graham Fuller & NATO-CIA Operation Gladio B-Caucasus & Central Asia

        Saturday, 27. April 2013

        Graham Fuller: Edmonds’ State Secrets Privilege, FBI Gladio-B Target, Handler-Sponsor of Turkey’s Imam Gulen

        A major break in the Boston Terror CIA Connection took place last night
        when I came across a post outing CIA Operative Graham Fuller as the
        father of the woman married to Boston terror suspect’s infamous uncle
        Ruslan Tsarni. Further confirmation of this bombshell was received via
        mainstream reporter Laura Rozen here. Let me first provide a few
        excerpts from the original reporting site (a real alternative media):

        Boston Bombers’ Uncle Married Daughter of Top CIA Official

        The uncle of the two suspected Boston bombers in last week’s
        attack, Ruslan Tsarni, was married to the daughter of former top CIA
        official Graham Fuller . Ruslan Tsarni married the daughter of former
        top CIA official Graham Fuller, who spent 20 years as operations officer
        in Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Hong Kong. In
        1982 Fuller was appointed the National Intelligence Officer for Near
        East and South Asia at the CIA, and in 1986, under Ronald Reagan, he
        became the Vice-Chairman of the National Intelligence Council, with
        overall responsibility for national level strategic forecasting.

        Now, take a look at the most explosive aspect of this original report
        on Graham Fuller’s outing in the CIA Boston Terror Connection [All
        Emphasis Mine]:

        On a more ominous note, Graham Fuller was listed as one of the
        American Deep State rogues on Sibel Edmonds’ State Secrets Privilege
        Gallery,. Edmonds explained it featured subjects of FBI investigations
        she became aware of during her time as an FBI translator.

        Criminal activities were being protected by claims of State
        Secrets, she asserted. After Attorney General John Ashcroft went all the
        way to the Supreme Court to muzzle her under a little-used doctrine of
        State Secrets, she put up twenty-one photos, with no names. One of them
        was Graham Fuller.

        I presented CIA’s Graham Fuller as one of the top culprits in my
        State Secrets Privilege Case when the government invoked the State
        Secrets Privilege and several additional gag orders to cover up the
        FBI’s investigations and files pertaining to CIA-NATO terror operations
        in Central Asia & the Caucasus since the mid-1990s. Guess what? I
        provided this information to the US media long before it became public
        in 2008 via my website and this website. Not a single media outlet
        (including quasi and pseudo ones) was willing to touch this. And this,
        despite of all the gag orders, state secrets privilege invocations,
        congressional gag orders … you name it. I could name more than a dozen
        publications that said: ‘no way.’

        Not only that. I have been covering one of the main CIA operation
        figures in Central Asia & the Caucasus-Imam Fethullah Gulen, and
        this Turkish Imam’s relationship and official Connections to CIA’s
        Graham Fuller. I’ve been doing this since 2009. Let me provide you with a
        few explosive examples and excerpts. First a few excerpts from over two
        years ago published at Boiling Frogs Post:

        Turkish Intel Chief Exposes CIA Operations via Islamic Group in Central Asia

        First of all, there have been tens if not hundreds of articles
        establishing Graham Fuller as one of Gulen’s official references to the
        court for his residency, you can view some of these here, here, here.
        This quote comes from Foreign Policy Journal:

        Fethullah Gulen became a green card holder despite serious
        opposition from FBI and from Homeland Security Department. Former CIA
        officers (formally and informally) such as Graham Fuller and Morton
        Abromovitz were some of the prominent references in Gulen’s green card
        application.

        And Stein let that slide?! I’d quickly ask: ‘how often do you
        write to the FBI on people you think have been unfairly targeted or
        treated by them?!’ Last but not least on Graham Fuller is my own
        on-the-record, more accurately, on-the-album, naming of individuals
        implicated (criminally) in my case, thus protected via invocation of the
        State Secrets Privilege:…

        Then the following excerpt from an article I wrote in 2010:

        After years of investigating him the FBI and the Department of
        Homeland Security, due to his guardian angels in the State Department
        and the CIA, are prevented from bringing an indictment against him, so
        they try to kick him out of the US. But once again Gulen’s CIA angels
        step in and portray Gulen as a scholar, despite the fact that Fethullah
        Gulen doesn’t even have a high-school diploma and never went beyond the
        5th grade. Among his angels who vouched for him were Graham Fuller,
        George Fidas, and Morton Abramowitz.

        more
        ……………………………….

  • nveric

    Foreign entanglements of an Empire.

    Our legal system is partly to blame as it’s founded in and from the Roman and British Empires.

  • Truthspeaker

    Have we forgotten our support of jihadists in Bosnia during late 1990′s? Bin Laden fought on their side against Christians.

    Have we supported our support for Kosovo Albanians? Check who was responsible for planned attacks against Ft. Dix? Yup, our ole buddies.

    When the hell will pencilnecks in Washington stop making these catastrophic choices?

  • Robert Barsocchini

    “idiotic U.S. foreign policy”

    Idiotic for who? It’s working out extremely well for the people carrying out the policies. Seems idiotic to you because it’s harmful to your group – the population. But the people carrying out the policies aren’t part of that group. They are oligarchs, and their policies are enriching them further, at your expense, which they care about only to the extent that they want to keep your pacified so they can keep doing what they’re doing.

  • Marie

    The eldest daughter of Ramzan Kadyrov, has entered into an arranged wedding with one of his father’s rich friends / Sheik from Saudi Arabia. According to the tradition of the boy’s side comes the bride ten to move to the motherland to her husband. This can create enormous good relationship between these Muslim nations. We look forward to hearing more about this.

  • Assyrian

    The beslan barbarians were also backed by usa and saudi Arabia

  • Assyrian

    The beslan barbarians were also backed by usa and saudi Arabia

 

 

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