Kéllia Ramares / Ramanathan / London Times – 2005-07-15 17:30:33
Timely Terrorism: London Bombings Knock Bush’s Woes off Front Pages
Kéllia Ramares / Radio Internet Story Exchange
(July 9, 2005) — During the morning rush hour of July 7, London’s transportation system was rocked by several explosions. Three blasts hit the Underground, London’s subway system and a fourth hit a double-decker bus. More than 50 people have been confirmed killed and about another 700 were wounded. The death toll is expected to rise as more blown-up subway cars are evacuated.
British Prime Minister and current G-8 president Tony Blair has linked the explosions in London, England to the G-8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, which was temporarily interrupted while Blair attended to the emergency in his capital.
But is this “timely terrorism” perpetrated by criminals run by US and/or British covert ops to distract attention from George W. Bush’s political woes? In looking at major terrorist attacks or threats of such attacks, it is critical to watch how Bush is fairing politically.
The Downing Street Memos indicate that Bush wanted war in Iraq well before September 11th and that “the facts were being fixed around the policy.” A Zogby survey of likely voters, taken after Bush’s “recruitment” speech at Ft. Bragg, shows that 42% of voters believe that Bush should be impeached if he lied to get us into war. (Margin of error was plus or minus 3.3%)
Bush’s poll numbers are dropping like a stone. A CNN/USAToday/Gallup poll released on June 27th showed that 53% of the respondents disapproved of Bush’s job performance. (Margin of error was plus or minus 3%) The 53% overall disapproval rating was the highest this poll has recorded since Bush took the oath of office in January 2001. But when individual issues are polled, Bush continues to score highest on his handling of the so-called “war on terrorism.”
… News reports say a hitherto unknown group called “Secret Organization of al-Q’aeda in Europe” has allegedly claimed responsibility. (A group called “al-Q’aeda in Europe” claimed responsibility for the Madrid bombings). Supposedly billions are being spent on security and intelligence; we’ve been warned that there are thousands of sleeper terrorist agents in Europe, and yet the acts were committed by an “unknown” group?
Yet, maybe there is no such group. An MSNBC translator, Jacob Keryakes, has noted that the message allegedly sent by the “Secret Organization of al-Q’aeda in Europe” contained an error in one of the Koranic verses cited in the message. The translator said this suggests the claim may be phony. “This is not something al-Q’aeda would do,” he said. Al-Q’aeda itself is likely a straw man. While, no doubt, there are people on the ground in colonized nations who are willing to use violence in a bid for their people’s freedom, “terrorist” organizations can be co-opted and run by the intelligence operatives of the terrorists’ purported targets. Osama bin Laden himself has a long history with the CIA.
With the unpopularity of the war in Iraq growing, and with Bush’s political troubles mounting, bombing London now makes no sense for “honest terrorists,” i.e. terrorists not being run by the US, which has used terrorism as a tool of foreign policy for decades. Why risk increasing Bush’s popularity when it is at an all-time low? The way to get European troops out of Iraq is to get the Americans out. Would Denmark stay if the US left? Attacks in Europe strengthen Bush’s “resolve” to stay the course, and the few nations who have not joined “the coalition of the leaving” would stay with the Americans. (Conservative Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi announced on July 8 that Italy would probably begin its withdrawal in September. Italy has been talking about a withdrawal for several months).
While it makes no sense for the extremists to attack now, it makes all the sense in the world for the neocons to order an attack, even on the soil of America’s closest ally. There has to be an actual attack from time to time to keep the fear level up. And what’s a few more lives taken when these war criminals have squandered so many thousands of others?
If an attack distracts the press from Bush’s political woes, ups the fear level in the American and British populace and makes increases in war spending and decreases in civil liberties easier for legislatures to vote for, so be it. You can’t make an omelet if you don’t break some eggs.
California-based journalist Kéllia Ramares, Radio Internet Story Exchange. Her blog, Kéllia’s 2 x 4, is in the news and politics section of Blogit.com.
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Al Qaeda Is Not and Never Has Been a “Terrorist Organization.”
Ramanathan / Galactic Hardware
“Al-Qaida, (sic) literally ‘the database,’ was originally the computer file of the thousands of mujahideen who were recruited and trained with help from the CIA to defeat the Russians,” admits former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, whose Foreign Office portfolio included control of British Intelligence Agency MI-6 and the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), in a column published by the UK Guardian newspaper.
In other words, the so-called Al Qaeda, which has been promoted by the Media
Cartel as the cause of all bombings and terrorism since the destruction of
the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001, is simply a
database of CIA-trained “terrorists” (or “freedom fighters,” depending on
your perspective) which has become a convenient Global Boogeyman for the
What does this mean? The entire planet has been fooled into believing that an Islamic “organization” exists to promote the destruction of Western society, when in fact this “organization” is just a list of Pentagon/ CIA trained assassins, who can be used and discarded as needed.
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Al-Qaeda Cleric Exposed as MI5 Double Agent
Daniel McGrory and Richard Ford /
(London) Times Online
(March 25, 2004) — One of al-Qaeda’s most dangerous figures has been revealed as a double agent working for MI5, raising criticism from European governments, which repeatedly called for his arrest.
Britain ignored warnings — which began before the September 11 attacks — from half a dozen friendly governments about Abu Qatada’s links with terrorist groups and refused to arrest him. Intelligence chiefs hid from European allies their intention to use the cleric as a key informer against Islamic militants in Britain.
Abu Qatada boasted to MI5 that he could prevent terrorist attacks and offered to expose dangerous extremists, while all along he was setting up a haven for his terror organisation in Britain.
Among the scores of young militants who came to visit him in London was the chief suspect in the Madrid train bombings. His followers also included people who wanted to be suicide bombers for al-Qaeda, such as Richard Reid, the shoe bomber.
A special tribunal that has investigated his operations in Britain described him as “a truly dangerous individual.” A ruling by the Special Immigrations Appeals Commission revealed yesterday that there was evidence to show that Abu Qatada “has been concerned in the instigation of acts of international terrorism.”
A security source in Madrid said yesterday: “Who knows how much violence and bloodshed could have been prevented if Britain had heeded the warnings about this man a long time ago.”
With terrorism at the top of the agenda at the European Union summit today in Brussels, Tony Blair is bound to be asked about MI5’s history with Abu Qatada and other militant clerics who have used Britain as their base. Spain, France, Italy, Germany, the United States and Jordan all asked to question Abu Qatada about his links to al-Qaeda but were refused.
Instead, MI5 agents held three meetings with the cleric, who bragged of his influence among young Islamic militants and insisted that they were no risk to Britain’s national security. He pledged to MI5 that he would not “bite the hand that fed him.”
He also promised to “report anyone damaging the interests of this country.” Instead, he was recruiting for al-Qaeda training camps.
His continued liberty for years after international demands for his arrest was an embarrassment for Britain. When David Blunkett introduced his controversial Anti-terrorism Crime and Security Act, 2001, which allowed him to detain foreign suspects without trial, Abu Qatada claimed that the law “was enacted with him particularly in mind.”
He disappeared from his family home in West London just before the law came into force.
Indignant French officials accused MI5 of helping the cleric to abscond. While he remained on the run, one intelligence chief in Paris was quoted as saying: “British intelligence is saying they have no idea where he is, but we know where he is and, if we know, I’m quite sure they do.” Almost a year later Abu Qatada was found hiding in a flat not far from Scotland Yard.
Abu Qatada was appealing against his continued detention in Belmarsh top security prison, but Mr Justice Collins ruled that the cleric was “at the centre in the UK of terrorist activities associated with al-Qaeda.”
He is a Jordanian national who arrived here with a forged United Arab Emirates passport in September 1993 claiming asylum. Jordan told Britain that he had been convicted for terrorist attacks in Amman seven months before September 11.
Spanish investigators produced evidence that a militant they had in custody in Madrid — Abu Dahdah — had visited the cleric more than 25 times, bringing him money and new recruits.
Abu Qatada was banned by most mainstream mosques, so held his own meetings at the Four Feathers Club, near Baker Street in Central London. His lawyer says that he “entirely denies” any involvement with terrorism.
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