August 30, 2010
The arrest of two men in Amsterdam on “preparation of a terror attack” charges could not have come at a more opportune time.
It appears the arrest of two men in Amsterdam on “preparation of a terror attack” charges is designed to coincide with the staged Ground Zero Mosque charade. Over the last couple weeks, the corporate media and neocon proponents of the forever war waged against Islam have stoked the flames of hatred.
On Saturday morning, a suspicious fire destroyed construction equipment at the site of a future mosque in Tennessee. Prior to this act of vandalism, a Muslim taxi cab driver in New York was assaulted. Ahmed H. Sharif, who was stabbed by a student, said he has no doubt the attack was fueled by anti-Muslim bias.
The Republican neocon media has exploited the mosque issue for weeks. The issue was created specifically to get the cynical demonization process of Islam back on track as new wars are being hatched behind the scenes.
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Fox News teleprompter reader Sean Hannity has consistently issued shrill warnings about Sharia law “creeping into the United States” — indeed one of his more absurdist pronouncements — and Rush Limbaugh, never shy when it comes to making controversial statements designed to draw attention to certain issues, has called the president â€śImam Obama.â€ť Newt Gingrich — rumored to be mulling a presidential run in 2012 — has used “Muslim” and “Nazi” in the same sentence when talking about the mosque. Even the establishment Tea Party has taken up the pro-war and anti-Muslim mantra.
The leader of the CIA’s answer to the Tea Party movement, Mark Williams, declared in May that the mosque would represent a “monument… for the worship of the terrorists’ monkey-god.” Williams later apologized for the comment — not to Muslims, but to Hindus who worship the monkey god Hanuman.
Earlier this month, Tea Party Republican and New York Senate candidate Gary Bernsten said he believes the mosque “looks like a foreign effort to put something there” and will be “a magnet for militants. Militants will be driven to that mosque.” Tea Party Republican-neocon, Rep. Michele Bachmann, has endorsed Bernsten, who will go up against Democrat Chuck Schumer if he wins the New York primary race against Republican Jay Townsend.
The hijacked Tea Party, with the groomed diva Sarah Palin as its unofficial titular head — who in February suggested Obama bomb Iran as part of his re-election strategy and is supported by the influential neocon Daniel Pipes — is now indistinguishable from the neocon Republican party. It took less than two years to accomplish this feat.
Amidst all this anti-Muslim hysteria amplified by the corporate media, we now have two men accused of engaging in a supposed dry run bombing of a flight from Chicago to Amsterdam. U.S. officials said the two appeared to be traveling with what were termed “mock bombs” in their luggage. “This was almost certainly a dry run, a test,” said one senior law enforcement official told ABC News.
Bulky clothes, a cell phone taped to a Pepto-Bismol bottle, three cell phones taped together, several watches taped together, a box cutter and three large knives, and $7,000 in cash attributed to the men tipped off airport screeners. Despite suspicion, the men were allowed to board the flight and were arrested by Dutch officials when they arrived in Amsterdam.
The supposed plot is suspiciously reminiscent of an earlier stunt. On Christmas day last year, a Muslim Nigerian, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was arrested after igniting his underwear on board Northwest Airlines Flight 253, en route from Amsterdam to Detroit, Michigan. It was later revealed that Abdulmutallab was deliberately and intentionally allowed to keep his entry visa as the result of a national security override issued by U.S. intelligence. “The rickety US government official version of the December 25 Detroit underwear bomber incident, which has been jerry-built over the past month and a half, has now totally collapsed,” Webster G. Tarpley wrote on February 11.
Regardless of the clumsy effort later revealed as an intelligence operation, the government used the fizzled underwear non-bombing as an excuse to increase the number of dangerous naked body scanners in airports around the country and also as a pretext to institute a new, more aggressive frisking policy by the TSA.
The Department of Homeland Security admits the items discovered on United Airlines flight 908 to Amsterdam “were not deemed to be dangerous in and of themselves,” but this will not prevent the corporate media from connecting the dots and insinuating a terrorist plot at the same time Muslims are under verbal and physical assault in the United States. Sean Hannity and the neocon cheering section will naturally have a field day with the alleged precime incident.
Once again, clueless would-be terrorists — who are either so dim-witted as to be unaware their supposed dry run would be detected or are in fact hapless patsies — are busted (or more likely set-up) in order to advance the neocon agenda of forever war waged against Muslims. In this latest case, however, the objective is not the installation of dangerous radioactive naked body scanners, but setting the stage for direct military intervention in the Middle East from Lebanon and Syria to Iran and Pakistan.
Kurt Nimmo edits Infowars.com. He is the author of Another Day in the Empire: Life In Neoconservative America.