December 27, 2009
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says there is no indication that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is “part of anything larger” and there is no evidence he is associated with al-Qaeda, but this has not prevented the corporate media from claiming the foiled attack was hatched by the nefarious phantom terror group.
Obama seconded Napolitano’s motion. “US investigators are trying to piece together any terrorism connections of Abdulmutallab, who was charged Saturday with attempting to blow up the jetliner after reportedly confessing that he had been trained by Al-Qaeda in Yemen,” reports the Sydney Morning Herald. “But Obama’s top security official said Sunday there was ‘no indication’ that Abdulmutallab was acting as part of a larger plot and warned against speculating that he had been trained by Al-Qaeda.”
If history is any indication, it is only a matter of time before the administration connects the botched attack to the mythical terror group.
“Unnamed administration officials told US media in the aftermath of the thwarted attack that Abdulmutallab had confessed to traveling to Yemen and receiving training by Al-Qaeda there,” reports AFP.
According to “counterterrorism experts” cited by Time Magazine, the Christmas day attack is “suggestive” of al-Qaeda involvement. “It’s worrisome, because it fits into the jihadist vision of a war between Islam and Christianity,” Georgetown University terrorism expert Bruce Hoffman told the magazine.
The Times Online made a direct link between al-Qaeda and the “war” (invasion and occupation) in Afghanistan. “Colonel Richard Kemp is a former counterterrorism official who has advised the government’s joint intelligence committee. He said if the Detroit operation had been even partly planned in Yemen, it would indicate that UK and US military operations in Afghanistan were helping to displace and disrupt Al-Qaeda planning.” (Kemp was also Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan in 2003.)
“Federal officials have strongly suggested to lawmakers that the Nigerian man who attempted to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight has connections to the al Qaeda terrorist network in Yemen, according to a senior member of Congress in the House,” the Washington Post reported on Saturday. “Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on intelligence, said Saturday that a federal official has briefed lawmakers about ‘strong suggestions of a Yemen-al Qaeda connection and an intent to blow up the plane over U.S. airspace.'”
You may recall that Ms. Harman sponsored the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007. Fortunately, the bill failed to become law during the 110th congress.
A blog on The Weekly Standard website wasted little time connecting al-Qaeda to the botched attack. “One of the key pieces of evidence investigators are reportedly exploring is the type of explosive Mudallad [Mutallab] tried to detonate. In the past, al Qaeda has repeatedly used TATP (Triacetone Triperoxide) explosives in its attacks and plots against airliners. This is the type of explosive that the infamous shoe bomber, Richard Reid, used in late 2001. If Mudallad tried to use a similar device, then this is a pretty good indication (although not necessarily conclusive) that al Qaeda showed Mudallad how to go about blowing up a plane.”
Richard Reid attended the notorious Finsbury Park mosque in London where Abu Hamza al-Masri preached. Abu Hamza al-Masri is described as the leader of the Islamist movement in Britain, never mind that he was on the payroll the police’s Special Branch and MI5, the domestic counterintelligence service.
The fact the dimwit Reid hero-worshiped another dim bulb, Zacarias Moussaoui, and both attended a mosque run by an MI-5 operative, should be evidence enough that there are big time problems with the al-Qaeda story as proffered by the government and corporate media.
“Stripped of exaggeration, romanticism, demonization and myth making, the picture of Al Qaeda which has emerged from the trial in the United States of Zacarias Moussaoui is of a fractious organization that has been a magnet for bewildered martyrdom-seeking fantasists,” writes Tom Porteous.
In fact, as the BBC has documented, there is no such thing as al-Qaeda, at least as described by the government and the corporate media. “The myth of ‘al Qaida’ is built on an expansive foundation of many half-truths and hidden facts,” explains Peter Chamberlin. “It is a CIA creation. It was shaped by the agency to serve as a substitute ‘enemy’ for America, replacing the Soviets whom the Islamist forces had driven from Afghanistan. Unknown American officials, at an indeterminate point in time, made the decision to fabricate the tale of a mythical worldwide network of Islamic terrorists from the exploits of the Afghan Mujahedeen.”
The blogger Mostaque Ali summarizes:
[efoods]”From my meager analysis, the Pakistani ISI/Military have played a major role in creating the ‘al-Qaeda’ myth. Their deep involvement in ‘Operation Cyclone’ where they trained 85,000 Afghan Mujaheddin, and 12,000 foreign Jehadis from the 1980’s with the Americans, Mossad and the British, means that the Pakistani ISI/military first and foremost had to have developed a close relationship with ‘al-Qaeda’ with its strength of 5,000 fighters as alleged by America or its real size of just a few dozen Arab friends of Osama Bin laden, who were his business and ideological partners, and who for his Western intelligence masters coordinated the foreign Arab fighters in Afghanistan through the ISI.”
The primary focus of the latest incompetent lighting off a smidgen of high explosives in his underwear will be to demonize Yemen and Africa and prepare it for attacks directed and financed by the United States against rag-tag Muslims who are said to be the new face of al-Qaeda.
Secondarily, the exaggerated “attack” on Christmas day will be used to refamiliarize the American people with the absurd threat of al-Qaeda and acquire their acquiescence to further police state measures.
If this nonsense keeps up, eventually airline passengers will be required to strip naked and parade before a gaggle of under-educated nitwits in quasi-police uniforms before they are allowed the privilege of flying.