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Scahill writes: "Even if AQAP did not 'direct' the attack, there is seemingly credible information emerging to prove that at least one - and potentially both - of the Kouachi brothers spent time with AQAP in Yemen."

Was the attack on 'Charlie Hebdo' part of a global terrorist conspiracy? (image: The Intercept)
Was the attack on 'Charlie Hebdo' part of a global terrorist conspiracy? (image: The Intercept)

Were the Paris Shooters Part of a Global Terrorist Conspiracy?

By Jeremy Scahill, The Intercept

13 January 15


n the days since the siege at the Paris magazine Charlie Hebdo, the press and social media sites have been consumed with the possible answers to one question: Beyond the two shooters, Said and Cherif Kouachi, who is responsible for the attack that killed 12 people at the magazine’s offices?

On Friday, shortly after the gunmen were killed by French forces in a raid on a printing plant outside of Paris, a source from within al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) provided The Intercept with a series of messages and statements taking responsibility for the attacks, asserting that AQAP’s leadership “directed” the raid on the magazine to avenge the honor of the Prophet Mohammed.

Moments after The Intercept published these statements, an AQAP official, Bakhsaruf al-Danqaluh tweeted, in Arabic, the exact paragraphs the AQAP source provided us. Within an hour of that, AQAP’s senior cleric, Sheikh Harith bin Ghazi al-Nadhari, released an audio statement through AQAP’s official media wing, praising the attack. “Some of the sons of France showed a lack of manners with Allah’s messengers, so a band of Allah’s believing army rose against them, and they taught them the proper manners, and the limits of freedom of speech,” Nadhari declared. “How can we not fight the ones that attacked the Prophet and attacked the religion and fought the believers?” While heaping passionate praise on the attack on Charlie Hebdo, Nadhari stopped short of making any claim that AQAP directed or was in any way involved with the planning.

Historically, when AQAP has taken credit for attacks, it has used al Qaeda central’s al-Fajr Media to distribute statements and video or audio recordings through the AQAP media outlet al-Malahim to a variety of jihadist forums. But over the past year, AQAP has broadened its distribution strategy and has begun using Twitter and other social media sites. While AQAP continues to use al-Malahim, “the vast majority if not all of the releases are now released onto Twitter first via authenticated Twitter accounts that have become the first point of release,” says Aaron Zelin, an expert on al Qaeda and other militant groups and a senior fellow at the Washington Institute. “This has been the case ever since late July 2014, though AQAP had been making a slow transition going all the way back to early 2014.” Zelin’s analysis of this new distribution strategy tracks with how AQAP sources began to assert responsibility for the Paris attacks last week, with the one caveat being that an AQAP source provided the tweets in advance to a media outlet, The Intercept.

In the past, AQAP publicly took responsibility through its official media and communication channels. None of that has happened yet in the case of the Kouachi brothers’ Paris attack.

For example, soon after the failed 2009 Christmas Day bomb plot, in which a suicide bomber on a Northwest Airlines flight tried unsuccessfully to set off plastic explosives sewn into his underwear, AQAP posted a web statement praising perpetrator Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as a hero who had “penetrated all modern and sophisticated technology and devices and security barriers in airports of the world” and “reached his target.” The statement boasted that the “mujahedeen brothers in the manufacturing department” made the device and that it did not detonate due to a “technical error.” Four months after the attempted attack, AQAP released a video showing Abdulmutallab, armed with a Kalashnikov and wearing a keffiyeh, at a desert training camp in Yemen. In the video, masked men conducted live-ammunition training. One scene showed AQAP operatives firing at a drone flying overhead. At the end of the video, Abdulmutallab read a martyrdom statement in Arabic. “You brotherhood of Muslims in the Arabian Peninsula have the right to wage jihad because the enemy is in your land,” he said, sitting before a flag and a rifle and dressed in white. “God said if you do not fight back, he will punish you and replace you.”

In analyzing AQAP’s potential role in the Paris attack, it’s worth remembering the four-month delay between the group praising the 2009 underwear plot and the group releasing evidence it actually orchestrated the act. Short of such video or photographic documentation, and even with an official statement from AQAP’s leadership, it would be difficult to prove that AQAP indeed sponsored the raid on Charlie Hebdo.

Even if AQAP did not “direct” the attack, there is seemingly credible information emerging to prove that at least one — and potentially both — of the Kouachi brothers spent time with AQAP in Yemen. Said Kouachi reportedly made multiple trips to Yemen from 2009 to 2012 and spent time at Sana’a’s Iman University, which was founded by radical preacher Abdel Majid al-Zindani. The French magazine L’Express reported that French intelligence sources claim that Said Kouachi crossed into Yemen from Oman along with another unidentified French citizen in the summer of 2011. Reuters, meanwhile, reports that both Kouachi brothers received weapons training from AQAP in Yemen’s Marib province, an al Qaeda stronghold, citing two anonymous Yemeni officials.

Earlier, Mohammed Albasha, the Yemeni government’s spokesperson in Washington D.C. urged caution in placing too much weight on such assertions. On Friday, he tweeted:

On the day of the attack in Paris, Cherif Kouachi reportedly told a French journalist that he and his brother were acting on behalf of AQAP and that their travel to Yemen was financed by Anwar al Awlaki, the U.S.-born radical cleric who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in northern Yemen in September 2011. “I just want to tell you that we are defenders of the Prophet. I, Cherif Kouachi, was sent by al-Qaeda in Yemen. I was over there.  I was financed by Imam Anwar al-Awlaki,” he said.

A witness to the magazine shooting claimed one of the men shouted during the assault, “You can tell the media that it’s al Qaeda in Yemen.” None of these allegations, in and of themselves, prove that AQAP sponsored or directed the attacks, but the allegations do raise the prospect that, at a minimum, AQAP may have played a role in preparing the brothers for action. As I noted in my previous piece, since 2010 AQAP has publicly promoted a campaign calling on Muslims in Western countries, including France, to assassinate cartoonists who draw the prophet Mohammed, particularly those who do so in what is perceived as an insulting and demeaning manner. Awlaki himself penned an article for the first issue of the al Qaeda magazine Inspire in June 2010 making that direct call and providing a list of suggested targets, including a U.S. citizen in Seattle, Washington.

The suspect in the shooting at the kosher market in Paris, Amedy Coulibaly, reportedly had a relationship to the Kouachi brothers going back to at least 2010. In a purported martyr video released after he was killed by French forces on Friday, Coulibaly claims he worked in conspiracy with the brothers to produce Friday’s bloodbath. To complicate matters further, he stated in the video that he had made an oath of loyalty to the head of the Islamic State, ISIS, and the self-proclaimed Caliph. “I am pledging my allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi,” Coulibaly said. “I have made a declaration of allegiance to the Caliph and the declaration of a Caliphate.” He also claimed he had coordinated his attack with the Kouachi brothers, though no evidence of this has emerged. “We did things a bit together and a bit apart, so that it’d have more impact,” he said.

Last Friday, during a sermon in the ISIS stronghold of Mosul, Iraq, a leading ISIS cleric declared that his group was behind the Paris attacks. “We started with the France operation for which we take responsibility. Tomorrow will be in Britain, America and others,” said Abu Saad al-Ansari. “This is a message to all countries participating in the [U.S.-led] coalition that has killed Islamic State members.”

AQAP and ISIS have been engaged in a very public and bitter feud on social media and through official communications for the past year. While not impossible, it is unlikely that AQAP and ISIS at a high level agreed to cooperate on such a mission. An AQAP source told me that the group supports what Coulibaly did and that it does not matter what group — if any — assisted him, just that he was a Muslim who took the action. ISIS, clearly seeking to capitalize on the events in Paris, has now reportedly issued a call for its supporters to attack police forces. Of course, it is also plausible that all three of the men received some degree of outside help, but created their own cells to plot the Paris attacks. Whether Coulibaly was actually working with the Kouachi brothers or was inspired by their attack is also unknown.

For now, we have little more than verified statements from an AQAP source, a claim of responsibility from an ISIS figure and words of praise from both ISIS and some key AQAP figures. Taking responsibility for the attacks, whether true or not, could aid either group in fundraising and in elevating its prominence in the broader jihadist movement globally.

The Truth About Anwar Awlaki

Over the weekend, Anwar Awlaki’s name has once again been splashed on the front page of newspapers and his image and videos have again been referenced in international television coverage. There are two primary reasons for this: the purported Cherif Kouachi statement quoted above that Awlaki had financed a trip to Yemen, and a statement given by an anonymous Yemeni intelligence official to Reuters, asserting that Said Kouachi met with Awlaki in Shebwah province in Yemen at some point in 2011. AQAP has not confirmed either alleged link to Awlaki. This is another situation that would require more documentation, such as photos of either or both of the Kouachi brothers with Awlaki.

Whatever potential relationship Awlaki had to the Kouachi brothers, the media coverage of Awlaki’s history has been riddled with inaccuracies, exaggerations of his role within AQAP and passing of anonymous US government pronouncements as facts. There is no doubt that Anwar Awlaki very publicly called on Muslims in Western countries to conduct attacks in the U.S. and Europe or to travel to Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere to fight jihad. Awlaki very publicly called for the assassination of cartoonists and others who he saw as disgracing the Prophet Mohammed. But Awlaki was never the “leader” of AQAP, and the title bestowed on him by President Obama in announcing Awlaki’s death — head of external operations — was created by the U.S., not AQAP. In fact, when the actual leader of AQAP, Nasir al Wuhayshi, wrote to Osama bin Laden in 2010, asking for his blessing to put Awlaki in charge of the group, Bin Laden shot it down.

[Editor's Note: Some of the reporting in this story is drawn from author Jeremy Scahill’s book, Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield."]

On August 27, 2010, Bin Laden ordered his deputy Shaykh Mahmud, also known as Atiya Abdul Rahman, to relay a message to Wuhayshi. Bin Laden seemed to view Awlaki as an ally and a potentially valuable asset to al Qaeda’s goals. The problem, Bin Laden explained, was that Awlaki was an unknown quantity to al Qaeda central, a man who had yet to prove his mettle in actual jihad. “The presence of some of the characteristics by our brother Anwar…is a good thing, in order to serve Jihad,” Bin Laden wrote, adding that he wanted “a chance to be introduced to him more.” Bin Laden explained, “Over here, we are generally assured after people go to the battlefield and are tested there.” He asked Wuhayshi for “the resumé, in detail and lengthy, of the brother Anwar al-Awlaki,” as well as a written statement from Awlaki himself explaining his “vision in detail.” Wuhayshi, Bin Laden asserted, should “remain in his position where he is qualified and capable of running the matter in Yemen.”

An Awlaki Myth

None of this is to say that Awlaki was not involved with direct plotting of acts of terrorism, but that there has been no actual evidence produced to support the claim. Awlaki’s assassination was ordered by President Obama despite the fact that Awlaki was not officially indicted by the U.S. on any charges of terrorism. His case was litigated by anonymous US officials in the media and his death warrant signed in secret by the U.S. president.

It is often asserted as fact that Awlaki directed or encouraged U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan to carry out the massacre at Fort Hood, Texas in November 2009. But the actual evidence to support this does not exist. Awlaki did indeed email with Hassan, but those emails read like Hassan was a fanboy and Awlaki was politely dismissing him. Awlaki did, after the fact, praise Hasan’s actions, but he denied any claim of direct involvement. It would be uncharacteristic of Awlaki — given his public calls for such actions — to deny a role he would have been proud of playing.

Soon after the [Fort Hood] shooting, the media began reporting that Hasan had been in contact with Awlaki, adding that Hasan had attended Awlaki’s Virginia mosque in 2001, though the fact that Awlaki had only met him once was not reported. That the two men exchanged at least eighteen e-mails beginning in December 2008 became a major focus of attention and hype from journalists and politicians. But when U.S. officials reviewed the emails, they determined them to be innocuous. According to The New York Times, “a counterterrorism analyst who examined the messages shortly after they were sent decided that they were consistent with authorized research Major Hasan was conducting and did not alert his military superiors.” Awlaki later told a Yemeni journalist that Hasan had reached out to him and primarily asked him religious questions. Awlaki claimed he neither “ordered nor pressured” Hasan to carry out any attacks, a contention supported by the emails once they were made public. But Awlaki’s reaction to the shooting made such details irrelevant in the eyes of the U.S. public and government.

A few days after the Fort Hood shootings, Awlaki published a blog post with the not-so-subtle title: “Nidal Hasan Did the Right Thing.” Hasan, Awlaki wrote, “is a hero. He is a man of conscience who could not bear living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that is fighting against his own people. This is a contradiction that many Muslims brush aside and just pretend that it doesn’t exist.” Hasan “opened fire on soldiers who were on their way to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. How can there be any dispute about the virtue of what he has done? In fact the only way a Muslim could Islamically justify serving as a soldier in the U.S. Army is if his intention is to follow the footsteps of men like Nidal.” Awlaki called on other Muslims within the U.S. Army to carry out similar operations. “Nidal Hasan was not recruited by Al-Qaida,” Awlaki later said. “Nidal Hasan was recruited by American crimes, and this is what America refuses to admit.”

Terrorism analysts and journalists often mention that Awlaki had contact with three of the 9/11 hijackers and, at times, imply he had foreknowledge of the plot. Awlaki was the imam at two large mosques, one in San Diego and later at one in Falls Church, Virginia. Three of the men, at various points did indeed attend those mosques, but the 9/11 Commission asserted that the future hijackers “respected Awlaki as a religious figure and developed a close relationship with him” but added that “the evidence is thin as to specific motivations.” What is seldom mentioned is that soon after 9/11, on February 5, 2002, Awlaki also met with Pentagon employees inside the Department of Defense when he was officially invited to lecture at the DoD. After being vetted for security, Awlaki “was invited to and attended a luncheon at the Pentagon in the secretary of the Army’s Office of Government Counsel.” (It is unlikely Awlaki dined on the “East Side West Side” sandwich offered at the event, which included beef, turkey and bacon on marbled rye).

Awlaki is also frequently mentioned as the mastermind of the 2009 underwear bomb plot. But, again, this is far from a proven fact. Awlaki’s role in the “underwear plot” was unclear. After the failed bombing, Awlaki claimed that Abdulmutallab was one of his “students.” Tribal sources in Shabwah province told me that al Qaeda operatives reached out to Awlaki to give religious counseling to Abdulmutallab, but that Awlaki was not involved in the plot. While praising the attack, Awlaki said he had not been involved with its conception or planning. “Yes, there was some contact between me and him, but I did not issue a fatwa allowing him to carry out this operation,” Awlaki told Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye in an interview for Al Jazeera a few weeks after the attempted attack: “I support what Umar Farouk has done after I have been seeing my brothers being killed in Palestine for more than sixty years, and others being killed in Iraq and in Afghanistan. And in my tribe too, U.S. missiles have killed” women and “children, so do not ask me if al-Qaeda has killed or blown up a U.S. civil[ian] jet after all this. The 300 Americans are nothing comparing to the thousands of Muslims who have been killed.”

Shaye pressed Awlaki on his defense of the attempted downing of the plane, pointing out to Awlaki that it was a civilian airliner. “You have supported Nidal Malik Hasan and justified his act by saying that his target was a military not a civilian one. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s plane was a civilian one, which means the target was the U.S. public?” Shaye pressed him. “It would have been better if the plane was a military one or if it was a U.S. military target,” Awlaki replied. But, he added:

“The American people live [in] a democratic system and that is why they are held responsible for their policies. The American people are the ones who have voted twice for Bush the criminal and elected Obama, who is not different from Bush as his first remarks stated that he would not abandon Israel, despite the fact that there were other antiwar candidates in the U.S. elections, but they won very few votes. The American people take part in all its government’s crimes. If they oppose that, let them change their government. They pay the taxes which are spent on the army and they send their sons to the military, and that is why they bear responsibility.”

The U.S. government continues to maintain that Awlaki personally directed the Christmas Day bomb plot. Its source for that is an alleged confession given to investigators by Abdulmutallab immediately after he was apprehended. But that confession has serious problems. Marcy Wheeler, an independent journalist who has scrutinized this case more extensively than any other journalist, has written several analyses of this case. “Abdulmutallab gave 3 ‘confessions,’” Wheeler told me. “The first on December 25, 2009, after he was captured. In that he attributed all his direction to ‘Abu Tarak,’ which [the] DOJ would later claim was just a pseudonym for Awlaki, which is impossible.” In Yemen, I asked many sources close to Awlaki if they had ever heard this nickname used or given to Awlaki. None had.

The second confession started on January 29, 2010 with the High Value detainee Intelligence Group established by President Obama in late 2009. Abdulmutallab’s lawyer claimed the HIG interrogated his client after he had been held in solitary confinement. “Within days, he implicated Awlaki in everything, including making a martyrdom video with AQ’s greatest English propagandist in Arabic, and final instructions,” Wheeler adds. “The prosecution willingly agreed not to rely on this confession after the defense said it had been made in conjunction with plea discussions.”

The final confession, Wheeler says, was on October 12, 2011. Abdulmutallab publicly plead guilty to conspiracy and other charges. No one else, including U.S. citizen Awlaki was charged in the alleged conspiracy. “In that plea, Abdulmutallab attributed earlier propaganda from Awlaki as an inspiration, but Abdulmutallab did not implicate Awlaki or anyone else as his co-conspirators,” says Wheeler. “In other words, Abdulmutallab confessed three times. In only one of those confessions did he implicate Awlaki, and that confession was the only one not presented at ‘trial.’” Instead it was used in Abdulmutallab’s sentencing. your social media marketing partner


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+10 # RMDC 2015-01-13 17:47
I just don't understand why Scahill thinks any of this is unusual. The US and Europe declared war on all Muslim nations (except Saudi Arabia and its clients) back in 2001 and the people of those nations are resisting as they have every right to do. Of course, they are going to plot attacks on Americans and Europeans. That's where the war and the killings are coming from. What does Scahill think they should do -- sit on their hands?

They used to call these "a-symetric wars"; that is, the US and Europe use satelite guided bombs and ultra sophisticated weapons while the Muslims use trucks, old WW II era AK-47s, and other low-tech weapons.

Is there a Global Imperialist Conspiracy to re-colonize the middle East, Africa, and Asia? This is the AAIE -- the Anglo-American- Israeli Elites. You could change the names and places in this story and it would be all about the Euro-American conspiracy to control all of their former colonies and steal their wealth and natural resources.

It would be nice to try an experiment. Withdraw all Euro-American-I sraeli forces from Muslim lands and completely end the Euro-American-I sraeli terrorism against Muslims. My bet is that Muslim terrorism would stop immediately. There was no terrorism or muslim fundamentalism in Afghanistan until the US CIA went in there to overthrow the secular and socialist government.

Any sane person knows that the root cause of all the "terrorism" in the world is the Euro-American-I sraeli imperialism.
+6 # lewagner 2015-01-13 23:39
What seems so strange to me is how fast the police always know who these attackers are. Reminds me of 9/11.
Who profits in all these "attacks by Muslim terrorists"?
Muslims? Or is it another country?
Makes me afraid that they're setting the stage for another attack on America, a big one.
By "they", I don't mean the Muslims.
-2 # Caliban 2015-01-14 02:32
One problem for most Westerners (myself included) when trying to discuss hostilities and terrorism(s) in the Middle East is a deep ignorance of the cultural and geopolitical history of Islam and the nations who have chosen Islam as their primary faith.

For instance, if you check your history, RMDC, you will find hundreds of years of fierce internal hostility between ethnic and theological rivals within the Islamic world itself that have nothing to do with the " Euro-American-I sraeli imperialism" you claim to be "the root cause of all the "terrorism" in the world". Having this history actively in mind might help you comment more accurately and authoritatively on your topic--a positive thing for you and your readers.

Likewise, I also urge the study of history on "lewagner" and "John S. Browne". It may or may not help them to see through their rather different (and more fantastical) assumptions about the world of non-state violence any time soon, but one can always hope that greater factual knowledge would bring greater rationality with it.
+2 # RMDC 2015-01-14 07:31
Caliban, you are wrong about this "history." What you cite is part of the anti-islamic falsehoods put out by someone in support of the wars against Islam.

In fact, it has been Europe that has been in non-stop wars from its origin up to now. Originally, Europe kept its wars within its territorial boundaries but soon it expanded those wars to cover the globe.

The problem with Euro-American apologists like you is that you just don't recognize what the white people do as war. It is something else like "peacemaking," "spreading freedom or christianity," "counter-terror ism," and all the like. But in fact, it is simply wars of aggression.

Please name some sources for all of these wars in the Muslim world. I'm familiar with the wars of the Ottoman Empire.

What I am saying is that Muslims are under attack by Euro/American/I sraeli forces. These forces have invaded Muslim nations. They are fighting back as anyone would expect. They did not start the wars but they will win them in the end.
-1 # Caliban 2015-01-14 18:09
RMDC--Let me be clear; I have opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ever since they were first being raised as possibilities by the Bush administration after the 9/11 attacks.

Additionally, I had the good luck as a student to spend time in Morocco, where I formed a strong attachment to Arab culture.

My critique of your comment was intended purely to correct the impression that the Islamic world was devoid of violence and hostility other than that caused by Western aggression. If you do, indeed, know the history of the Ottoman Empire than you know I am right about this matter.

But to get more current, you need to examine the long and violent history of antagonism between Shiite and Sunni Muslims--not unlike that which divided Christianity after the Reformation. This internal antagonism persists in this era and was, for instance, instrumental in the conviction of Sunni Saddam Hussein for the murder of Shia Iraqi citizens in the town of Dujail (where Shia apparently attempted to assassinate Saddam).

So, I too dislike Western aggression and exploitation in the Muslim world. But I must insist that Muslims are also human, meaning they--like the rest of us--are capable of violence purely among themselves and still would be even if there was a withdrawal of "all Euro-American-I sraeli forces from Muslim lands".
+2 # RMDC 2015-01-14 07:51
Caliban -- I wonder what history you refer to. Do you know that the Europeans (Ameircans and Israelis) are the descendents of the tribes named by Greeks "barbarians" who were migrating westward out of central Asia -- i.e., the Caucaus region -- "caucasians." These barbarians decimated the civilizations of the indigenous populations of western Europe and invaded and destroyed Rome. Roman historians wrote quite a bit about them.

Once they reached the Atlantic ocean, they did not stop and settle down but continued to migrate, pillage, and loot into areas west, first Iceland and Greenland and then North America.

These tribes have never stopped their original behaviors -- migrating, invading, destroying, raping, pillaging, looting. Now they are talking about going out to colonize space. No one else would even dream of that.

I think there is a genetic problem with white people. It causes them to invade and pillage other cultures. These Vikings and Barbarians have been the scourge of the world. It is no surprise that Europeans invented Capitalism, the doctrine of looting people's wealth.

The Crusades were just a part of this same Barbarian nature. Arab lands were vastly richer and more developed than Europe, so Europe invaded and looted them. For example, the largest library in Europe in 1100 at the first crusade held about 300 books. The library at Alexandria Egypt held about 1 million books. All were stolen or burned by Crusaders. There's a huge history of this.
+1 # RMDC 2015-01-14 10:13
Caliban - do you know the book The Crusades in Arab Eyes. It is a compilation of writings by Arabs who were contacting white people for the first time. there are also books doing the same thing for Native Americans and Africans. There's a lot of similarity in their observations. The Europeans are incredibly filthy and smelly (it was not until the 20th century that white people bathed regularly and that was because soap corporations marketed bathing in order to sell soap). They are unexplainably violent and vicious in character. They are religious zealots and their god seems to demand violence and torture. No one can understand them. Most indigenous people were at first hospitable and offered them all they had. But the Europeans killed or tortured them and destroyed their cities.

You should know this from your own namesake -- Caliban. In Shakespeare's racist and white supremist play, your namesake is enslaved and humiliated throughout. He is treated as a subhuman. Your namesake resents this treatment and tries to fight back but the whites are just too powerful. Caliban is the experience of indigenous people all over the earth. They know what white Euro/American/I sraelis are.
+1 # Caliban 2015-01-14 18:54
RMDC--I wonder what history you refer to. You write as if the Greeks (who named the so-called "Barbarians) and Romans are not also Europeans. But the word "barbarian" meant any group that was not Greek (including Asian and Arabic peoples). It certainly never referred to any one ethnic group who stormed across the world spreading violence and ruin. There was no such entity, and anybody who doesn't understand that has no business evoking history for anything.

As for my "namesake", I like him because he was a rebel and wise guy but sensible enough at the end of Shakespeare's non-racist play to go happily from his lonely island to Italy and civilization.
0 # Caliban 2015-01-14 20:22
RMDC--The Library of Alexandria was by all accounts a magnificent institution, but it was destroyed hundreds of years before the First Crusade.
0 # RMDC 2015-01-14 08:04
Caliban -- a significant part of both WW I and WW II was the desire of Europeans to take over the middle east. Before WW I, Germany had plans for the Berlin to Baghdad railway. Oil had been discovered in Iraq but this would also cement Germany's control over a very important part of the middle east.

Britain and France said NO. They thought they owned it. Two guys, one French the other British, divided up the middle east during the war. This was the Sykes Picot "Treaty."

No one asked the people who lived in the middle east. In fact, Winston Churchill (the psychopath who was British PM at the time) used poison gas on mobs in Egypt and Iraq who would not accept British rule.

No one has a right to simply re=draw a map and claim ownership of land that has been inhabited by people since time immemorial. This is how Israel got started. The Rothchilds bribed Lord Balfour who wrote a letter giving Palestine to European zionists. It is a joke that people refer to this as having any more legitimacy than toilet paper. The so-called "Balfour Declaration" should have been flushed down the can long ago.

No wonder Muslims (and Christians) in the middle east are fighting back. You would too if the Euro/Americans re-drew the lines in your neighborhood and gave your property to a pet project of the Rothchilds. Banks are doing that in some areas. It's exactly what Euros have done since about 500 BC. Every culture knew them and has the same history of their vicious marauding.
+1 # lfeuille 2015-01-14 12:18
Who said anything about unusual. I searched the page. The word didn't appear until you used it. An event doesn't need to be unusual to merit detailed reporting.
+3 # RMDC 2015-01-13 17:58
If Anwar al Awlaki were just on the American side, he'd be working for FOX news. And he'd be an American hero. After all, he grew up in the US and learned about violence in the same way all Americans did -- from western movies.
+6 # John S. Browne 2015-01-13 23:00

Even Jeremy Scahill and The Intercept, and by extension Glenn Greenwald, are clueless, and are part of the false-propagand a ministry. "Al Q'aeda" is "al CIAduh(!)", and "al CIAduh(!)" is "al Q'aeda"! Wake up to that FACT! The West, especially the U.S. government and its primary allies, the "Five Eyes" and NATO countries, control much of the terrorism network(s). Sure, the patsies don't know that such is the case. They think they're carrying out their terrorist attacks for Islam, rather than as "false-flag" attacks for the West in order to do away with liberty(ies) and freedom(s) and lock-down the Western countries under absolute control.

You'd think that by now somewhat discerning people like Greenwald and company would recognize this; but, oh no, though they criticize the U.S. and other Western governments, they still swallow a lot of their "intelligence" propaganda. They tell the complete truth about other things, but not about this. Though they know better than to parrot much of the other propaganda of the globalist machine, they parrot this "independent terrorist" propaganda to the hilt, "hook, line and s(uc)ker". You'd think they would know better; but, oh no, they don't.


+4 # John S. Browne 2015-01-13 23:29


I watched a British fictional movie the other night, "Cleanskin (2012)", that made the Western government, in this case British, connection to terrorist attacks, "false-flagged" to be blamed on Islamic terrorists; using, in many cases, duped Western government agents, as well as the duped and brainwashed Islamic radicals. Another one, and this one a quite great movie with Michelle Williams, "Incendiary (2008)", also made this quite accurate connection.

Apparently, the Brits' version of Hollywood, Pinewood, recognizes this connection; or, at least is allowed to make it in order to acclimate people to accept it and/or feel powerless to do anything about it; or, they really believe, falsely, that it's "nothing but 'fiction'" and that "there is no such connection". It is likely being used to inculcate "double-think" on the issue so most will deny its reality and wrongly think "it's nothing but 'fiction'".

Regardless, we're being heavily false-propagand ized in the West to fail and/or refuse to face the connection that the globalist puppet governments are controlling the terrorism for their own, "eliminate-huma n-rights-and-ci vil-liberties" and "enslave-the-en tire-world", means and ends. Look at how successful they are at it. Most people completely fall for it, and/or have been successfully silenced because they've been made too cowardly and scared to dissent against the madness; thus, most believe the lie, "'best' to surrender and bow down to it all".

+2 # lewagner 2015-01-13 23:49
Yes, I agree. (Because thumbs-up soon disappear. I don't know why these sites show a running total of thumbs up and thumbs down. Just show how many of each.)
+1 # Walter J Smith 2015-01-14 03:02
Reliable details, no matter how rich or how sparse, bring out the projectors, the projectionists, and the paranoias - galore!

And, yes, there is plenty of reason to suppose the US is the world's most prolific bankroller, supplier, and perpetrator of terrorism.

And it hardly matters that the propaganda parrots all in a chorus call you nuts for noticing.

Two more observations: terrorism is neither observed nor found online.

And the revolution will not be blogged.
+1 # fredboy 2015-01-14 10:29
Not surprised to read they were also druggies. Like the Boston Marathon brothers. And the boy soldiers. And on and on.

Did an investigative series once on this. Found a new mega church adding hallucinogens to new members' refreshments--t hey'd apply sensory deprivation for a day, very little to eat, with constant worship frenzy, then--BAM!--eve ry member I interviewed "saw" Jesus. He was always to their left, looking right at them. Obvious flash image, as always described the same. Found the "ministers" simply followed Tim Leary's chapel test guide from the 50s with the same impact: The 'followers' were permanently psychologically imprinted with absolute belief and commitment. It spread nationally--loo k at the millions of religious/polit ical fanatics in the US who even abandon loving family and friends for their 'beliefs.'
-1 # cordleycoit 2015-01-14 16:38
Did someone send out to central casting of humorless and inhuman sickies, wackos and near do wells on the Ak-47 network? Lots of amateur psychology. A bit like being interviewed by the NLT types with their traveling water board. Are we doing a stretch in P/c hell?

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