Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton have released a ten year anniversary follow-up to the 9/11 Commission Report, “Today’s Rising Terrorist Threat and the Danger to the United States: Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of the 9/11 Commission Report.”Obama pays tribute to never-ending war on terror.
As the title suggests, the latest report claims the terror threat, primarily Islamic in origin, has grown exponentially since the September 11, 2001 attack allegedly perpetrated by al-Qaeda. Despite the expansion of the police state and the diminishment of civil liberties the threat remains, Kean and Hamilton insist, and, more worrisome, the American people are lackadaisical:
Many Americans think that the terrorist threat is waning – that, as a country, we can begin turning back to other concerns. They are wrong. The absence of another major attack on the homeland is a success in itself but does not mean that the terrorist threat has diminished. The threat remains grave, and the trend lines in many parts of the world are pointing in the wrong direction. We cannot afford to be complacent – vigorous counterterrorism efforts are as important as ever. Without public support, the government will not be able to sustain the robust capabilities and policies needed to keep Americans safe.
Kean and Lee cite a litany of potential terror threats, from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to thousands of foreign fighters in Syria. Left unmentioned is the role the United States has played in creating this panoply of threats.
“The Saudi-born Ibrahim al-Asiri, AQAP’s chief bomb maker, devised the underwear bomb worn by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab,” they write.
Ignored is the nearly comical ineptitude of this “chief bomb maker” who is supposedly responsible for the Northwest Airlines Flight 253 fizzle bomb caper carried out by Abdulmutallab, a witless patsy who was allowed to keep his U.S. entry visa as the result of a national security override. Hassan al-Asiri also allegedly made the bombs discovered on cargo planes in Dubai. Both bungled plots were attributed to AQAP and Anwar al-Awlaki, the former FBI operative who dined at the Pentagon a few months after 9/11.
“More than 10,000 foreign fighters have flooded into Syria, which is effectively a failed state,” the duo argue, but skip over the fact this paramilitary force was a collaborative effort by the United States, the Gulf emirates, and Turkey.
Early on in the effort to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad it was reported MI6, the CIA, and British SAS had arrived in Syria to work with the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian National Council. After the Free Syrian Army demonstrated its manifest ineptitude, the effort was entrusted to al-Qaeda affiliated groups that showed the degree of blood thirsty savagery required to get the job done, including mass murdering civilians and executing Syrian soldiers.
Jamal Maarouf, with the help of the CIA and Saudi and Qatari intelligence, created the Syrian Revolutionary Front, a collection of “moderate” fighters who reportedly launched attacks against radical jihadists in Syria. However, instead of going up against the jihadists, as the establishment media insisted, Maarouf and his clan conducted joint operations with Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda group that would ultimately declare its allegiance to the mega-jihadist army, ISIS, now the Islamic State.
In June we reported on Obama’s top foreign policy advisor, Susan Rice, admitting the United States has provided lethal weapons to the “moderates” in Syria, although she did not mention the transfer of these arms to al-Nusra and, we can reasonably assume, other radical Islamic groups, as explained by Jamal Maarouf.
In addition to the jihadists in Syria supposedly posing a threat to America, Kean and Lee believe Boko Haram, the crazed Nigerian terror group, “may be a harbinger of things to come,” one that requires the undivided attention of the American people and their acceptance of a police state.
Once again, only part of the story is told. In 2012, The Nigerian Tribune reported Boko Harm’s funding was traced to the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia, specifically from the Al-Muntada Trust Fund. In 2005, The Center for Security Policy stated “Al-Muntada has, incidentally, been particularly active in promoting Wahhabi-style Islamism in Nigeria… Al-Muntada… pays for Nigerian clerics to be ‘brainwashed’ in Saudi universities and imposed on Nigerian Muslims through its well-funded network of mosques and schools.”
Similar schools, known as madrassas, were established in Pakistan during the CIA’s covert war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. They were financed by Saudi Arabia and its network of charities. “Between 1982 and 1992, some 35,000 Muslim radicals from 43 Islamic countries in the Middle East, North and East Africa, Central Asia and the Far East would pass their baptism under fire with the Afghan mujahideen,” writes Phil Gasper. The Afghan mujahideen would ultimately produce al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
In addition to support by the Saudis, Boko Haram has received indirect assistance from NATO via Libya’s al-Qaeda mercenaries. “During an interview conducted by Al-Jazeera with Abu Mousab Abdel Wadoud, the AQIM leader states that Algeria-based organizations have provided arms to Nigeria’s Boko Haram movement ‘to defend Muslims in Nigeria and stop the advance of a minority of Crusaders.’ It remains highly documented that members of Al-Qaeda (AQIM) and the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) who fought among the Libyan rebels directly received arms and logistical support from NATO bloc countries during the Libyan conflict in 2011,” writes Nile Bowie.
None of this historical data is helpful to maintaining the manufactured threat regurgitated over and over in order to perpetuate the war on terror. Kean and Lee are doing their part, as they did initially with the original 9/11 report – which is mostly an intelligence fairy tale – to keep the scam moving along.
ISIS, we are repeatedly told, is ready to invade and al-Qaeda prepared to take out our infrastructure. Short of believing this fantastical narrative and unquestioningly embracing the police and surveillance state, we open ourselves to danger because “the terrorist threat is evolving, not defeated,” according to Kean and Lee, and the “absence of another 9/11-style attack does not mean the threat is gone: As 9/11 showed, a period of quiet can be shattered in a moment by a devastating attack. The pressing question is whether the United States is prepared to face the emergent threats of today – and those it is likely to face in the years to come.”