Besides the obvious facts that they can be the product of amateur terrorists, men alienated from the so-called values of the West by the constant murder and thievery practiced by the Anglo-British alliance with some European support throughout the Arab world, there’s also plenty of reason to suspect agents provocateurs or foul play in all these recent “terror incidents.” The plutocratic corporatocracy has a lot to gain by stampeding the populace into accepting a rapid erosion of their constitutional rights in return for “security.” It’s the oldest racket in town: the protection racket. These days, it’s apparently run in all continents by the world’s premier governments.—Eds.
BY JOEL SKOUSEN
Editor – World Affairs Brief
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A huge case of media hysteria was the only serious consequence of the London/Scottish would-be car bombs. Upon close analysis none of these “car bombs” would have done anything except burn up a car. That’s it–no explosions, no deaths, and no big plot. One difference though: As compared to other recent plots, riddled with government informers and agent provocateurs, these wanna-be terrorists seem to be of the amateur variety.
In short, police discovered a Mercedes vehicle parked outside a London night club with some 20 gallons of gasoline inside. Shortly afterward another similar vehicle was discovered. Then, in seeming coordination, a burning Jeep was driven into a terminal building at Glasgow Airport. It failed to explode and the driver had to get out and try and manually light the vehicle on fire. Sounds like the would-be terrorist Richard Read trying to light the plastic explosive in his shoe with a match (which would only have burned the material–no explosion. It takes a blasting cap to set off C-4 explosives).
As PrisonPlanet.com reported, Ex-CIA agent Larry Johnson put the threat into perspective when he spoke with commentator Keith Olbermann. “This is not one of the truck bombs or car bombs we see going off in Iraq – what’s really striking about this today is that you had two non-bombs in London when we had at least five bombs in Baghdad in which U.S. soldiers were killed in one of those so I think it’s just out of proportion – this was an incendiary, this was not a high explosive… Johnson said that had the gas been ignited properly, there would have been a loud boom that would have split the tank but that no projectiles would have even exited the vehicle.”
Fear-mongering leaders in both the UK and the US made the most of the media hype and raised terror threat levels to their highest levels, just in time to inconvenience travelers in the US on their July 4 holiday. Arianna Huffington takes note of the various players working this angle: “In Washington, opportunistic politicians donned their curled lips and went on the Sunday shows to use the attacks as an excuse to allow the president a freer hand to spy on the American people.
“First up we had Joe Lieberman, appearing on This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Lieberman established that he is not only independent of any political party but, increasingly, of reality itself by claiming that ‘the surge is working’ in Iraq. And he made his case that the smoking Mercedes in London and the flaming Jeep Cherokee, apparently driven by a Jordanian physician, aimed at the Glasgow airport are a justification for more warrantless wiretaps here at home. ‘I hope these terrorist attacks in London wake us up here in America to stop the petty partisan fighting going on about…electronic surveillance,’ he said. ‘We’re at a partisan gridlock over the question of whether the American government can listen into conversations or follow email trails of non-American citizens.’
“Of course, as Lieberman must know, the ‘gridlock’ in Congress is not over whether the administration should be able to listen in, but over whether it should be able to listen in without following the law. Plus, the NSA program covered spying on U.S. citizens, not just ‘non-Americans.’ But why worry about facts when there’s a fallacious point to be made?
“Also making the pitch for an unfettered president, free to eavesdrop on whomever he wants, whenever he wants, was Rep. Peter King, ranking Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee. Appearing on CNN’s Late Edition, King said that the failed British attacks show that the best way to fight ‘the war on terrorism’ is ‘to not allow people to cut into electronic surveillance, to stop that, to not be tying the hands of the president, neither here or in foreign policy.’
“The thinking of people like Lieberman and King (to say nothing of Bush and Cheney), when it comes to terrorism is as illogical as it is entrenched. It goes something like this: When someone attacks — or tries to attack — us or one of our allies because we are a free society, we should respond by making ourselves less free. That’ll show the bastards!”
NPR news also ran an interview with London police authorities waxing eloquent about their massive camera surveillance system in London, and how much help it will be in this investigation. Their biggest trouble is having way too much video footage to sort through. Apparently their license plate cameras with plate reading software were able to track down one of the doctor suspects involved. No doubt these technologies can be effective in crime work, but the larger question for civil libertarians is, can and will these system be used to violate people’s privacy and those who actively dissent from the government’s new found sense of tyranny?
Paul Joseph Watson of Prison Planet thinks British intelligence had a hand in these latest bombings. I do not at this point, which I’ll explain shortly. He bases his view on the long history of governments using agent provocateurs to commit acts of terror in the US and Britain, which is true:
“Intelligence sources are refusing to rule out an Irish connection to a massive [hardly] car bomb that was discovered in the heart of London this morning. Though at this early stage the facts are sketchy, any link to the IRA or its offshoots would re-open a can of worms concerning the MI5’s role in past terror attacks, and specifically car bombings, over the last few decades in Britain and Northern Ireland.
“It is important to stress that not every terror attack is necessarily part of some elaborate scheme or conspiracy – indeed it is usually small scale incidents such as this that are the work of lone extremists or Islamic fundamentalists who hate the west, of which Britain is inundated with [my point, exactly. As our governments continue to provoke hatred of the West around the world, real amateur terrorists are bound to arise]. But as the facts emerge we would be foolish to overlook the fact that the British security services were intimately involved in numerous terror attacks in Britain over the past few decades, namely car bombings, that were blamed on the IRA or its offshoots. This is particularly relevant considering that officials have refused to rule out an Irish connection in this case.
“Every major IRA bombing in England and Northern Ireland has had the fingerprints of the British government and the FRU all over it. Starting from at least the 1980’s, SAS and British military intelligence agents were routinely ordered to embed themselves within violent branches of the IRA and aid terrorists in carrying out attacks. How do we know this happened? Because one of the individuals who was ordered to do so, Kevin Fulton, blew the whistle on the fact that he was told he had the Prime Minister’s blessing to aid terrorists in bomb making and political assassinations…
“Documents, lodged as part of a court action being taken against the British government by a disgruntled military intelligence agent, also revealed that an FRU (Force Research Unit) major was the officer who was the handler of the British army’s most infamous agent inside the IRA — a man code named Stakeknife. Stakeknife is one of Belfast’s leading Provisionals. His military handlers allowed him to carry out large numbers of terrorist murders in order to protect his cover within the IRA.
“The London Observer further revealed some of the methods employed by the FRU in Northern Ireland, including the ‘human bomb’ technique, which involved ‘forcing civilians to drive vehicles laden with explosives into army checkpoints.’ Former MI5 counter-terrorism officer David Shayler also saw documents indicating that the Israelis bombed their own embassy in London in 1994 after a car bomb exploded outside the building in Kensington. He also presented evidence that MI5 had foreknowledge of the 1993 Bishops gate car bombing that was blamed on the IRA, and could have apprehended the bomb squad but let the attack go ahead.”
“To forget the proven history of the security service’s involvement in car bombings and other terror attacks in Britain and Northern Ireland in light of this latest incident would be very naive, and as more information about the culprits behind this morning’s attempted attack is released, that history is likely to become more prescient.”
Commentator Kurt Nimmo has additional insights on British foreknowledge of the actors in these amateur bombs: “As it turns out, however, the London and Glasgow bomb fumblers were ‘watched’ by Britain’s master terror organization, MI5. ‘Several doctors arrested over the London and Glasgow car bomb plot were on the files of MI5,’ reports the UK Telegraph. ‘At least one was on a Home Office watch list after being identified by security services-meaning their travel in and out of Britain was monitored by immigration officers…Others were found to be on the MI5 database, which contains an estimated 2,000 suspected jihadists or supporters of terrorism.”[The dragnet has now been expanded to Australia, involving other doctors from India, all under previous surveillance. Much is made in the media of Internet chatter and recruitment. However, I find this implausible for real terrorists. The internet is never secure and real terrorists know this. I suspect we have British informers driving the internet chat rooms and reeling in these disgruntled Indian doctors, who are then arrested based on some indirect connection with the amateur bombers who were also health care professionals.]
“Recall that Mohammed Siddique Khan, the alleged ringleader of the 7/7 London bombings, was working for British intelligence agency MI5 as an informant at the time of the attacks, according to Charles Shoebridge, a 12-year veteran detective of the London Metropolitan Police.
“And then there is the strange case of Abu Qatada, ‘a Muslim cleric believed by several European countries to be a pivotal figure in international terrorism,’ according to the Guardian, who ‘disappeared from his west London home before a round up of alleged terrorist suspects. It was rumored that he had ‘fled abroad.’ However, according to ‘senior members of European intelligence services,’ Abu Qatada was ‘fed and clothed by British intelligence,’ that is to say he was protected as an asset.
“Relatives of two brothers suspected of plotting a terrorist bombing outrage in Britain today made extraordinary claims that they were visited by an MI5 agent in the weeks before they were arrested,’ the Scotsman reported on April 1, 2004. ‘The eight suspects, all British citizens and Muslims, were held under the Terrorism Act as police found half a ton of ammonium nitrate fertilizer which they believe could have been used in a devastating blast.’
“Finally, it appears Bisher al-Rawi, sweating it out in Camp Gitmo, claims ‘he acted as a go-between for British intelligence and an alleged leading member of al-Qa’ida in London,’ according to London Independent. ‘Mr. Rawi claimed he had acted as an intermediary between Abu Qatada, a Palestinian refugee, and MI5. He named three MI5 agents, Alex, Matthew and Martin, and asked for them to be called as defense witnesses. Although the tribunal agreed, the British Government refused to allow them to give evidence.’
“Of course, the story of the ‘al-Qaeda’ patsies, neurologists and well-educated medical students, clueless when it comes to making bombs-while no shortage of bored teenagers are able to do so using household chemicals-is not intended to be believable but rather is designed to augment the incessant corporate media campaign to demonize Muslims, part and parcel of the ‘clash of civilizations,’ that it to say the plan to attack Muslim and Arab countries, kill their grandmothers and toddlers, and balkanize the region, as long ago planned.”
I think what we are dealing with is the growing rise of Muslim hostility world wide. Muslims don’t hate our freedom, or even our worldly goods (which they often covet). They hate our government and its constant interference in the Middle East. Government is so busy trying to provoke terrorism through their agent provocateurs on the internet and at mosques that it is little wonder some uncontrolled form of terrorism will spill out of the process.
More and more Muslims are realizing that government intel agencies are infiltrating chat rooms on the internet and goading angry and resentful Muslims into talking about “doing terrorism” and they are angry about it. Some are undoubtedly trying to give the Brits a bit of their own provocation medicine. Whether or not the people arrested were actually involved remains to be seen. We may never know for sure since the government controls all the information and evidence. Often the secret services “round up the usual suspects” (Casablanca style) just to make it appear as if they are doing something in response to the incidents.
Sadly, without an honest court system to keep the police and their evidence honest, we have no way of determining if what the government claims is true. Real terrorism that performs high profile and damaging attacks always involves government money and arms flowing into the process, whether directly or through third parties (often unbeknownst to the terrorists themselves) to buy the arms, and explosives.
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BY BOB MORRIS (Politics in the zeros)
THE LONDON CAR BOMBS
Former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray on the recent London car bombs, inquires as to why police haven’t released video footage of the driver.
I am increasingly puzzled as to why police haven’t released CCTV footage of the driver of the vehicle fleeing the scene. The whole Piccadilly area is swamped by CCTV coverage. Normally, you would expect this released, so the public can help with the manhunt. That happened with the 21/7 incidents. It did not happen with Jean Charles De Menezes, of course, because the CCTV footage disproved the police story that De Menezes vaulted the barriers and sprinted through the station.
It does now appear that these were indeed not suicide bombs, and were not professionally made.
While saying it could have been done by Islamic terrorists (albeit homegrown and inept), Murray also says anyone could have done it and that many have a vested financial interest in continuing the wars and phony terror alerts.
I am not saying it was Aegis or BAE. I am saying don’t be one-eyed about the possibilities. Look at the list of amazing things in London above. Do I really believe that there are wealthy people in London who would stage this sort of thing to protect or further their financial interests? Yes, I do.
I am also saying that I have first hand experience of the fact that governments lie about who plants bombs.
I suppose some nitwit will ask the question: “ah, but would you want them to be competent?” You’re asking me to glorify terrorism? Sorry to disappoint, darlings, but what I’d actually like to happen is for those who currently imagine that murdering a few dozen bystanding Brits will stop our gluttonous military machine in its tracks, to pull their heads out of their arses and get a clue. The only answer to this grave state of perpetual crisis being forced on us is to assemble the broadest possible coalition of the willing against the empire and its spear-carriers.
Well put indeed. The way to end the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan is by building a coalition of millions that will force the empires to stop their murderous bloodlust for oil. It can be done. It must be done.