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Excerpt: "After spending weeks depicting ISIS as an unprecedented threat -- too radical even for Al Qaeda! -- administration officials suddenly began spoon-feeding their favorite media organizations and national security journalists tales of a secret group that was even scarier and more threatening than ISIS, one that posed a direct and immediate threat to the American Homeland. Seemingly out of nowhere, a new terror group was created in media lore."

Intercept journalist and founding editor Glenn Greenwald. (photo: ABC News)
Intercept journalist and founding editor Glenn Greenwald. (photo: ABC News)


The Fake Terror Threat Used to Justify Bombing Syria

By Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept

29 September 14

 

s the Obama Administration prepared to bomb Syria without congressional or U.N. authorization, it faced two problems. The first was the difficulty of sustaining public support for a new years-long war against ISIS, a group that clearly posed no imminent threat to the “homeland.” A second was the lack of legal justification for launching a new bombing campaign with no viable claim of self-defense or U.N. approval.

The solution to both problems was found in the wholesale concoction of a brand new terror threat that was branded “The Khorasan Group.” After spending weeks depicting ISIS as an unprecedented threat — too radical even for Al Qaeda! — administration officials suddenly began spoon-feeding their favorite media organizations and national security journalists tales of a secret group that was even scarier and more threatening than ISIS, one that posed a direct and immediate threat to the American Homeland. Seemingly out of nowhere, a new terror group was created in media lore.

The unveiling of this new group was performed in a September 13 article by the Associated Press, who cited unnamed U.S. officials to warn of this new shadowy, worse-than-ISIS terror group:

While the Islamic State group [ISIS] is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria — a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe — poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target U.S. aviation, American officials say.

At the center is a cell known as the Khorasan group, a cadre of veteran al-Qaida fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan who traveled to Syria to link up with the al-Qaida affiliate there, the Nusra Front.

But the Khorasan militants did not go to Syria principally to fight the government of President Bashar Assad, U.S. officials say. Instead, they were sent by al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri to recruit Europeans and Americans whose passports allow them to board a U.S.-bound airliner with less scrutiny from security officials.

AP warned Americans that “the fear is that the Khorasan militants will provide these sophisticated explosives to their Western recruits who could sneak them onto U.S.-bound flights.” It explained that although ISIS has received most of the attention, the Khorasan Group “is considered the more immediate threat.”

The genesis of the name was itself scary: “Khorasan refers to a province under the Islamic caliphate, or religious empire, of old that included parts of Afghanistan.” AP depicted the U.S. officials who were feeding them the narrative as engaging in some sort of act of brave, unauthorized truth-telling: “Many U.S. officials interviewed for this story would not be quoted by name talking about what they said was highly classified intelligence.”

On the morning of September 18, CBS News broadcast a segment that is as pure war propaganda as it gets: directly linking the soon-to-arrive U.S. bombing campaign in Syria to the need to protect Americans from being exploded in civilian jets by Khorasan. With ominous voice tones, the host narrated:

This morning we are learning of a new and growing terror threat coming out of Syria. It’s an Al Qaeda cell you probably never heard of. Nearly everything about them is classified. Bob Orr is in Washington with new information on a group some consider more dangerous than ISIS.

Orr then announced that while ISIS is “dominating headlines and terrorist propaganda,” Orr’s “sources” warn of “a more immediate threat to the U.S. Homeland.” As Orr spoke, CBS flashed alternating video showing scary Muslims in Syria and innocent westerners waiting in line at airports, as he intoned that U.S. officials have ordered “enhanced screening” for “hidden explosives.” This is all coming, Orr explained, from ”an emerging threat in Syria” where “hardened terrorists” are building “hard to detect bombs.”

The U.S. government, Orr explained, is trying to keep this all a secret; they won’t even mention the group’s name in public out of security concerns! But Orr was there to reveal the truth, as his “sources confirm the Al Qaeda cell goes by the name Khorasan.” And they’re “developing fresh plots to attack U.S. aviation.”

Later that day, Obama administration officials began publicly touting the group, when Director of National Intelligence James Clapper warned starkly: “In terms of threat to the homeland, Khorasan may pose as much of a danger as the Islamic State.” Then followed an avalanche of uncritical media reports detailing this Supreme Threat, excitingly citing anonymous officials as though they had uncovered a big secret the government was trying to conceal.

On September 20, The New York Times devoted a long article to strongly hyping the Khorasan Group. Headlined “U.S. Suspects More Direct Threats Beyond ISIS,” the article began by announcing that U.S. officials believe a different group other than ISIS “posed a more direct threat to America and Europe.” Specifically:

American officials said that the group called Khorasan had emerged in the past year as the cell in Syria that may be the most intent on hitting the United States or its installations overseas with a terror attack. The officials said that the group is led by Muhsin al-Fadhli, a senior Qaeda operative who, according to the State Department, was so close to Bin Laden that he was among a small group of people who knew about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks before they were launched.

Again, the threat they posed reached all the way to the U.S.: “Members of the cell are said to be particularly interested in devising terror plots using concealed explosives.”

This Khorasan-attacking-Americans alarm spread quickly and explosively in the landscape of U.S. national security reporting. The Daily Beast‘s Eli Lake warned on September 23 — the day after the first U.S. bombs fell in Syria — that “American analysts had pieced together detailed information on a pending attack from an outfit that informally called itself ‘the Khorasan Group’ to use hard-to-detect explosives on American and European airliners.” He added even more ominously: “The planning from the Khorasan Group … suggests at least an aspiration to launch more-coordinated and larger attacks on the West in the style of the 9/11 attacks from 2001? (days later, Lake, along with Josh Rogin, actually claimed that “Iran has long been harboring senior al Qaeda, al Nusra, and so-called Khorasan Group leaders as part of its complicated strategy to influence the region”).

On the day of the bombing campaign, NBC News’ Richard Engel tweeted this:

That tweet linked to an NBC Nightly News report in which anchor Brian Williams introduced Khorasan with a graphic declaring it “The New Enemy,” and Engel went on to explain that the group is “considered a threat to the U.S. because, U.S. intelligence officials say, it wants to bring down airplanes with explosives.”

Once the bombing campaign was underway, ISIS — the original theme of the attack — largely faded into the background, as Obama officials and media allies aggressively touted attacks on Khorasan leaders and the disruption of its American-targeting plots. On the first day of the bombing, The Washington Post announced that “the United States also pounded a little-known but well-resourced al-Qaeda cell that some American officials fear could pose a direct threat to the United States.” It explained:

The Pentagon said in a statement early Tuesday that the United States conducted eight strikes west of Aleppo against the cell, called the Khorasan Group, targeting its “training camps, an explosives and munitions production facility, a communications building and command and control facilities.”

The same day, CNN claimed that “among the targets of U.S. strikes across Syria early Tuesday was the Khorasan Group.” The bombing campaign in Syria was thus magically transformed into an act of pure self-defense, given that ”the group was actively plotting against a U.S. homeland target and Western targets, a senior U.S. official told CNN on Tuesday.” The bevy of anonymous sources cited by CNN had a hard time keep their stories straight:

The official said the group posed an “imminent” threat. Another U.S. official later said the threat was not imminent in the sense that there were no known targets or attacks expected in the next few weeks.

The plots were believed to be in an advanced stage, the second U.S. official said. There were indications that the militants had obtained materials and were working on new improvised explosive devices that would be hard to detect, including common hand-held electronic devices and airplane carry-on items such as toiletries.

Nonetheless, what was clear was that this group had to be bombed in Syria to save American lives, as the terrorist group even planned to conceal explosive devices in toothpaste or flammable clothing as a means to target U.S. airliners. The day following the first bombings, Attorney General Eric Holder claimed: “We hit them last night out of a concern that they were getting close to an execution date of some of the plans that we have seen.”

CNN’s supremely stenographic Pentagon reporter, Barbara Starr, went on air as videos of shiny new American fighter jets and the Syria bombing were shown and explained that this was all necessary to stop a Khorasan attack very close to being carried out against the west:

What we are hearing from a senior US official is the reason they struck Khorasan right now is they had intelligence that the group — of Al Qaeda veterans — was in the stages of planning an attack against the US homeland and/or an attack against a target in Europe, and the information indicated Khorasan was well on its way — perhaps in its final stages — of planning that attack.

All of that laid the fear-producing groundwork for President Obama to claim self-defense when he announced the bombing campaign on September 23 with this boast: “Once again, it must be clear to anyone who would plot against America and try to do Americans harm that we will not tolerate safe havens for terrorists who threaten our people.”

The very next day, a Pentagon official claimed a U.S. airstrike killed “the Khorasan leader,” and just a few days after that, U.S. media outlets celebrated what they said was the admission by jihadi social media accounts that “the leader of the al Qaeda-linked Khorasan group was killed in a U.S. air strike in Syria.”

But once it served its purpose of justifying the start of the bombing campaign in Syria, the Khorasan narrative simply evaporated as quickly as it materialized. Foreign Policy‘s Shane Harris, with two other writers, was one of the first to question whether the “threat” was anywhere near what it had been depicted to be:

But according to the top U.S. counterterrorism official, as well as Obama himself, there is “no credible information” that the militants of the Islamic State were planning to attack inside the United States. Although the group could pose a domestic terrorism threat if left unchecked, any plot it tried launching today would be “limited in scope” and “nothing like a 9/11-scale attack,” Matthew Olsen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said in remarks at the Brookings Institution earlier this month. That would suggest that Khorasan doesn’t have the capability either, even if it’s working to develop it.

“Khorasan has the desire to attack, though we’re not sure their capabilities match their desire,” a senior U.S. counterterrorism official told Foreign Policy.

On September 25, The New York Times — just days after hyping the Khorasan threat to the homeland — wrote that “the group’s evolution from obscurity to infamy has been sudden.” And the paper of record began, for the first time, to note how little evidence actually existed for all those claims about the imminent threats posed to the homeland:

American officials have given differing accounts about just how close the group was to mounting an attack, and about what chance any plot had of success. One senior American official on Wednesday described the Khorasan plotting as “aspirational” and said that there did not yet seem to be a concrete plan in the works.

Literally within a matter of days, we went from “perhaps in its final stages of planning its attack” (CNN) to “plotting as ‘aspirational’” and “there did not yet seem to be a concrete plan in the works” (NYT).

Late last week, Associated Press’ Ken Dilanian — the first to unveil the new Khorasan Product in mid-September — published a new story explaining that just days after bombing “Khorasan” targets in Syria, high-ranking U.S. officials seemingly backed off all their previous claims of an “imminent” threat from the group. Headlined “U.S. Officials Offer More Nuanced Take on Khorasan Threat,” it noted that “several U.S. officials told reporters this week that the group was in the final stages of planning an attack on the West, leaving the impression that such an attack was about to happen.” But now:

Senior U.S. officials offered a more nuanced picture Thursday of the threat they believe is posed by an al-Qaida cell in Syria targeted in military strikes this week, even as they defended the decision to attack the militants.

James Comey, the FBI director, and Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman, each acknowledged that the U.S. did not have precise intelligence about where or when the cell, known as the Khorasan Group, would attempt to strike a Western target. . . .

Kirby, briefing reporters at the Pentagon, said, “I don’t know that we can pin that down to a day or month or week or six months….We can have this debate about whether it was valid to hit them or not, or whether it was too soon or too late…We hit them. And I don’t think we need to throw up a dossier here to prove that these are bad dudes.”

Regarding claims that an attack was “imminent,” Comey said: “I don’t know exactly what that word means…’imminent’” — a rather consequential admission given that said imminence was used as the justification for launching military action in the first place.

Even more remarkable, it turns out the very existence of an actual “Khorasan Group” was to some degree an invention of the American government. NBC’s Engel, the day after he reported on the U.S. government’s claims about the group for Nightly News, seemed to have serious second thoughts about the group’s existence, tweeting:

Indeed, a Nexis search for the group found almost no mentions of its name prior to the September 13 AP article based on anonymous officials. There was one oblique reference to it in a July 31 CNN op-ed by Peter Bergen. The other mention was an article in the LA Times from two weeks earlier about Pakistan which mentioned the group’s name as something quite different than how it’s being used now: as “the intelligence wing of the powerful Pakistani Taliban faction led by Hafiz Gul Bahadur.” Tim Shorrock noted that the name appears in a 2011 hacked Stratfor email published by WikiLeaks, referencing a Dawn article that depicts them as a Pakistan-based group which was fighting against and “expelled by” (not “led by”) Bahadur.

There are serious questions about whether the Khorasan Group even exists in any meaningful or identifiable manner. Aki Peritz, a CIA counterterrorism official until 2009, told Time: “I’d certainly never heard of this group while working at the agency,” while Obama’s former U.S. ambassador to Syria Robert Ford said: ”We used the term [Khorasan] inside the government, we don’t know where it came from….All I know is that they don’t call themselves that.” As The Intercept was finalizing this article, former terrorism federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy wrote in National Review that the group was a scam: “You haven’t heard of the Khorosan Group because there isn’t one. It is a name the administration came up with, calculating that Khorosan … had sufficient connection to jihadist lore that no one would call the president on it.”

What happened here is all-too-familiar. The Obama administration needed propagandistic and legal rationale for bombing yet another predominantly Muslim country. While emotions over the ISIS beheading videos were high, they were not enough to sustain a lengthy new war.

So after spending weeks promoting ISIS as Worse Than Al Qaeda™, they unveiled a new, never-before-heard-of group that was Worse Than ISIS™. Overnight, as the first bombs on Syria fell, the endlessly helpful U.S. media mindlessly circulated the script they were given: this new group was composed of “hardened terrorists,” posed an “imminent” threat to the U.S. homeland, was in the “final stages” of plots to take down U.S. civilian aircraft, and could “launch more-coordinated and larger attacks on the West in the style of the 9/11 attacks from 2001.”"

As usual, anonymity was granted to U.S. officials to make these claims. As usual, there was almost no evidence for any of this. Nonetheless, American media outlets — eager, as always, to justify American wars — spewed all of this with very little skepticism. Worse, they did it by pretending that the U.S. government was trying not to talk about all of this — too secret! — but they, as intrepid, digging journalists, managed to unearth it from their courageous “sources.” Once the damage was done, the evidence quickly emerged about what a sham this all was. But, as always with these government/media propaganda campaigns, the truth emerges only when it’s impotent.


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+49 # Walter J Smith 2014-09-29 17:23
Why don't we just call them the Goebbels Parroting Society, or GPS, for a convenient acronym? AP, CBS, NYT, CNN, NBC, Daily Beast, WaPo, -- who isn't in this GPS?!

Surely NPR & ABC will catch on before the fake Cheneyesque Obamanazi blabbermouths actually retract their lies - they rarely miss any opportunity to join the neoconazificati on of the US!

And don't tell us AIPAC had nothing to do with this whole scam! It reeks of their foul breath if not their fingerprints.

One must ask, why does Obama belittle himself so?
 
 
+18 # ritawalpoleague 2014-09-30 06:38
Reply to Walter J Smith's first comment:

"One must ask, why does Obama belittle himself so?" Yes, Walter, and ask this question I have for some time now. What keeps coming to mind is the likely answer: Oh Bomb Ah - bought off and/or scared of.

And, thank you, Glenn Greenwald, over and over, for this greater than great, oh so needed coverage. From the get go, ISIS appeared to me, the old journalist with an advertising major, to be ISIS IS BS,BS,BS. The beheading of our two journalist martyrs was (very obvious to any and all with a good journalism background) a public relations ploy for more war, war, war for $$$$$ and oil, oil, oil.

No big surprise, Khorasan turns out to be caca, caca, caca. Yet more conning of we, the soooooo naïve sheeple. Sadder than sad it is, what our actual rulers, the evil 1% villainaires do, in conjunction with AIPAC, to get us/U.S. into yet again more oh so profitable war. Ugh!
 
 
+1 # RobinBanks 2014-10-02 08:35
Quoting Walter J Smith:
One must ask, why does Obama belittle himself so?


See all the recent stories about the "failures" of the Secret Service. These could be used in the future to rationalize an assassination of the president as being the result of an incompetent Secret Service rather than a complicit one.

If you understand the real power of the deep state, the power that transcends democracy and trumps the power of each subsequent democratically elected president, you'd understand that the president currently has a gun to his head.

If he tries to keep us out of their war, or tries to reveal their existence to the people, or attempts to disrupt their financial grip on the US (all things JFK did), or does anything else to tick them off, BAM! Back and to the left.
 
 
+2 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2014-10-02 16:24
I'm wondering how intellectual Americans have to be to answer one question:"if the U.S. military terrorists keep bombing other countries at will, how long will it be before individuals in those countries start bombing us, the U.S.? Using whatever means they have at their disposal?" Think it is just a matter of time.
 
 
+35 # artistinaspen 2014-09-29 20:38
Glenn Greenwald, winner of the Pulitizer, as usual, is on the third rail.

Journalism students will study this article for many years to come: Is Glenn Greenwald the future of news?

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/28/opinion/a-conversation-in-lieu-of-a-column.html?src=recg&_r=0
 
 
-45 # The Buffalo Guy 2014-09-29 22:11
Fake terrorism? I guess the be-headings don't count or maybe you still think they're fake too!
 
 
+33 # cwbystache 2014-09-30 05:48
oh no, those are just as real as the many more that our "ally", Saudi, carries out but about which we make not a squeek, cause, you know, it's o.k. for them to be "barbaric" so long's they send us oil
 
 
0 # The Buffalo Guy 2014-09-30 11:13
Quoting cwbystache:
oh no, those are just as real as the many more that our "ally", Saudi, carries out but about which we make not a squeek, cause, you know, it's o.k. for them to be "barbaric" so long's they send us oil

RIGHT! We aren't the world's police or moral compass. And we don't have legitimate cause with the Saudis but I say we start bombing the Saudis when they start beheading American citizens and we can get W to handle that for us. He handled 9-11. On the other hand, we can simply look the other way like we did with Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia etc. Somewhat frustrating for you, I'm sure, if you compare that to what the Saudis do. Hey, an idea, if we used gunboat diplomacy and took over all the oil then we could impose our morals or lack of morals on everyone. What do you think? Better yet, what do you suggest we do?
 
 
+15 # Benjamin Franklin 2014-09-30 14:25
Yeah, W really "handled" 9/11 didn't he? Presided over the single worst homeland disaster and attack on US soil in American history.

Handle anything that good again, and we will all sink into the Pacific.
 
 
+11 # Benjamin Franklin 2014-09-30 14:27
But, on the plus side, he did get in some quality vacation time at the ranch in Crawford while our intelligence personnel were frantically warning him of the coming disaster.... I guess that counts for something
 
 
0 # The Buffalo Guy 2014-09-30 19:21
Quoting Benjamin Franklin:
Yeah, W really "handled" 9/11 didn't he? Presided over the single worst homeland disaster and attack on US soil in American history.

Handle anything that good again, and we will all sink into the Pacific.


You got my point! 2nd only to Pearl Harbor and what did we do to deserve that?
 
 
+3 # cwbystache 2014-09-30 18:04
What do I suggest we do: "to others what you want them to do to you." (Matt. 7:12) That leaves out revenge tidily.
 
 
0 # The Buffalo Guy 2014-10-01 08:53
Quoting cwbystache:
What do I suggest we do: "to others what you want them to do to you." (Matt. 7:12) That leaves out revenge tidily.


I see it as preventative maintenance.
 
 
-1 # cwbystache 2014-10-01 18:49
kinda like the death penalty is retroactive abortion then
 
 
+27 # nogardflow 2014-09-30 06:05
Good thing our bombs don't cause beheadings, right?
 
 
+2 # reiverpacific 2014-10-02 19:54
Quoting nogardflow:
Good thing our bombs don't cause beheadings, right?


Actually, they have and do; once they are sorted out from all the other disembodied and disemboweled parts.
 
 
+6 # The Voice of Reason 2014-09-30 09:23
What everybody is overlooking is the whole Caliphate bull crap. The first Caliph, Omar, overthrew Islam as Muhammad lay on his deathbed and called out for a pen. Omar intervened and blasphemed against the Prophet. So obviously Muhammad did not intend to write a will, but to expose a traitor.

The treacherous Omar still couldn't get enough votes and let Abu Bakr be Caliph (which means 'successor') until he died mysteriously. The campaign to spread Islam by the sword expanded their boundaries until Omar was murdered and Uthman a few years after that was also assassinated. Ali was finally elected to the position that was rightfully his but by then Islam was in open rebellion. Ali was murdered and Mu'aviyih usurped the caliphate, did away with the 'elections', had Hassan murdered, and put his own lineage over that of the Prophet's descendants in the year of 'the beast' 666 AD foretold by Jesus in the book of Revelation. The rest of the 12 Imams were murdered by or on orders of the Caliphs.

So this ISIS crap about a caliphate is just a bunch of marauding murderers trying to resurrect a dead fallacy. Like a lot of religious leaders across the Middle East.
 
 
+6 # Radscal 2014-09-30 11:57
Interesting you ask. The conservative UK Telegraph hired video and intelligence experts and found the Foley beheading video showed no beheading. No blood, no reflexive body motions, even had Foley making sounds impossible for someone who's throat has been slit.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/bill-gardner/11054488/Foley-murder-video-may-have-been-staged.html
 
 
+3 # RMDC 2014-09-30 20:44
Radscal -- thanks. I saw it and it looked fake to me. Glad to have experts confirm what I saw.
 
 
+2 # Kev C 2014-09-30 18:56
The beheadings were real enough. Only they were perpetrated by Western backed, Western armed and Western trained thugs. Hardly the big bad wolf now that we keep hearing about. No this entire situation is being run for the benefit of the military industrial complex whilst scaring the little children and making a killing on the side from seized resources such as the oil, gas, minerals and food growing capacity which the US is fast losing due to soil nutrient depletion.
Yes the people were beheaded. What you need to do is decide which side the beheaders are actually on. I think you'll find your own government are being the catalyst for all these atrocities. Not some muslim nation.
 
 
+3 # The Buffalo Guy 2014-09-30 19:27
Quoting Kev C:
The beheadings were real enough. Only they were perpetrated by Western backed, Western armed and Western trained thugs. Hardly the big bad wolf now that we keep hearing about. No this entire situation is being run for the benefit of the military industrial complex whilst scaring the little children and making a killing on the side from seized resources such as the oil, gas, minerals and food growing capacity which the US is fast losing due to soil nutrient depletion.
Yes the people were beheaded. What you need to do is decide which side the beheaders are actually on. I think you'll find your own government are being the catalyst for all these atrocities. Not some muslim nation.


You see, this is the problem with these barbaric thugs. You can't assign them a country but have to deal with them where they are. It doesn't matter who they belong to. They need to be taken out. The world has 9 billion people and can manage without them.
 
 
+4 # RMDC 2014-09-30 20:42
Buffalo -- did you see any beheaddings? Or did you just hear that they happened. I saw the first video before it was pulled from youtube and it did not show a beheadding. That part was not filmed. It looked fake to me. But if you saw them, please post a link. Everyone should see with their own eyes.

We have the same problem with Obama's much talked about murder of Osama bin Laden. Here was the world's #1 wanted guy, and there are NO photos or videos of him dead. There is NO proof that Osama was killed other than some regime officials saying he got murdered.

I need to see the actual video before I'll believe anything an Obama regime operative says. Sorry for being such as skeptic, but I've been lied to enough already.
 
 
+3 # The Buffalo Guy 2014-10-01 09:00
Quoting RMDC:
Buffalo -- did you see any beheaddings? Or did you just hear that they happened. I saw the first video before it was pulled from youtube and it did not show a beheadding. That part was not filmed. It looked fake to me. But if you saw them, please post a link. Everyone should see with their own eyes.

We have the same problem with Obama's much talked about murder of Osama bin Laden. Here was the world's #1 wanted guy, and there are NO photos or videos of him dead. There is NO proof that Osama was killed other than some regime officials saying he got murdered.

I need to see the actual video before I'll believe anything an Obama regime operative says. Sorry for being such as skeptic, but I've been lied to enough already.


I've been around long enough to realize that some people have such a strong bias that there is no evidence, and in your case short of mailing their heads to you, that you could believe. This is not meant as a condemnation of you. I have my own biases but I think I have better control of mine.
 
 
+63 # wantrealdemocracy 2014-09-29 22:15
How long are the American people going to listen to the same old story of some awful Muslim terrorist group just about ready to blow up the Golden Gate Bridge or the Merry-go-round in New York's Central Park? A new terrorist group every week just about to attack us is only piling up the legacy of lies we have been buried under for decades. When are we going to say, "Oh, that old story again? Expect us to believe that B.S. again?"

Get real and leave those people alone and take care of our problems at home.
 
 
+19 # pres 2014-09-30 01:52
They probably plan to pull off another 911 type atrocity that they used to justify attacking Iraq. Must have have control of Syria and make the US military and citizens pay for it!
 
 
+24 # MidwesTom 2014-09-30 06:56
Saudi Arabia wanted to build a pipeline through Syria to send natural gas to Europe, and Assad turned them down. We are now spending more than $50 million per day of taxpayer money to punish Assad for the Saudi's. Anything apse you hear to justify our recent actions is simply coverup BS.
 
 
+10 # egbegb 2014-09-29 22:24
"posed no imminent threat to the “homeland.” That would be right up there with the "JV team" statement. Does anyone understand Islamist's goals in RSN, NYT, AP or any other of the blind media? YIKES!!

It is beyond dumb that people would accept the fiction of the Obama administration' s "Khorasan Group".

The Islamist movement is about Wahhabi's and those who go beyond. Muslims must chose between Wahhabism or Sufism. One is evil, one is good. Which will it be?

So far in Islam history, there has not been any form
of reformation. It took Christians 1500 years to do that.
630 AD + 1500 years is about now, don'tcha think?
 
 
+4 # ericlipps 2014-09-30 04:44
[quote name="So far in Islam history, there has not been any form
of reformation. It took Christians 1500 years to do that.
630 AD + 1500 years is about now, don'tcha think?
No. That would take us to 2150, a long way from "about now," don'tcha think?

Fortunately, there's no absolute requirement that Islam take as long as Christianity to reach its Reformation. Unfortunately, there's no guarantee it ever will.
 
 
+38 # perkinsej 2014-09-29 23:02
Nothing words better than dreamed up plots related to terroist acts on US soil. The majority of American citizens still fear obsure plots that might kill a handful of people and which must be contained irrespective of the cost in money and deaths to persons unknown. Nothing of any serious consequence has happed for 13 years now, but the exaggered fears still have life.
 
 
0 # thekidde 2014-09-30 08:01
Spel cheque???
 
 
+12 # tomtom 2014-09-29 23:09
I don't even have to read the article, after watching the hip black cat, Ron, on CNN, telling everyone that the ad guys Will be killing Americans at home. Well hell, then "What are we waiting for?" from that Country Joe and the Fish" 60's song,
 
 
+9 # db4635 2014-09-29 23:14
Yep. Obama is just another G. Bush. I bet he even works for Cheney. Tough cowboy. Blood thirsty. Sounds just like this Harvard educated constitutional law professor. Just wants to show his might by conquering other countries, like he did Afghanistan. No, not that one. Libya. Not that one either. Yemen? Okay, so I guess Greenwald is right - Obama has waited for two years, ignoring all the pleas until the time was right to bomb Syria, taking all the bad press and the flack from McCain and his ilk.
 
 
+3 # db4635 2014-09-29 23:20
Wait a minute! I figured it out. Isis' base of operation is in Syria. So to stop them from using their resources, including oil, so they can take over Iraq and spread to our other allies, like Turkey, Obama has this cockeyed notion he has to take out Isis' resources in Syria. Go figure.
 
 
-6 # db4635 2014-09-29 23:23
This is weird. I just clicked on the green thumbs up on The Buffalo Guy's post and the "0" turned to -2.
 
 
+3 # lfeuille 2014-09-30 13:21
Quoting db4635:
This is weird. I just clicked on the green thumbs up on The Buffalo Guy's post and the "0" turned to -2.


Other people were clicking at the same time you were. They cancelled you out.
 
 
+7 # tomtom 2014-09-29 23:31
I didn't even have to read the article, With that hip, black, Ron, on CNN, telling us the word is out, for ISIS to kill Americans at home, just like that "Country Joe and the Fish" song, "Well, it's 1,2,3, what are we fighting for? Don't ask, I don't give a damn, next stop is Viet Ñam, and it's 5,6,7, open up the pearly gates, there ain't no time to reason why, whoopie, we're all gonna die. Only Peace can be won, when we blow them all to kingdom come.". Yes, there are some bad people, out there, but, we are being barraged With some heavy, sofisticated, propaganda, by some insiders, with selfish, alterior motives. Even people joining the bad guys are falling for it. Ha!
 
 
+19 # cwbystache 2014-09-30 05:52
In "my day" it was the Sandinistas Reagan was gunning after under his bed and behind the stereo speakers, then of course was the Spanish with the Maine before that ... the Yellow Peril ... the Devil waiting in the forest primeval for a Puritan wandering too far for fireplace wood ...
 
 
+18 # Activista 2014-09-29 23:47
It is so transparent - like Iraq and Yellowcake forgery from Niger - to Justify Bombing Iraq ..
now we have Forgery Terror Threat Used to Justify Bombing Syria ...
question is who and where are these made? Who benefited from destruction of Iraq? WHo will benefit from destruction of Syria?
Not USA ..
 
 
+30 # ahollman 2014-09-30 00:33
The “Group” in “Khorasan Group” makes me think of well-dressed, Ivy-league power players. Like The Carlyle Group (arms, banks), or various investor groups that buy Congressmen, subvert regulations, and crash economies.

Whoever created these unnamed Khorasans needs to build its brand in the Wall Street Journal:

“The mission of the Khorasan Group is to coordinate and empower autonomous tacticians to exploit flexible synergies of men and materials to achieve jihad-oriented results. With advanced communications, dedicated analysts, and experienced supply chain experts, we have a mid-east-wide network ready to serve you, on time, on budget, and with complete confidentiality.”

Sounds like an accounting firm, a bank, an oil company, or Microsoft, Apple or Google. This outfit is credible and scary.

The US threat apparatus also needs a little image work, again in the WSJ with its upper-income demographic.

“You know that terrorists threaten our homeland and that you must be afraid. Very afraid. But with threats changing rapidly, who should you be afraid of? Now, the US Dept. of (redacted) has has started the Threat of the Month Club. For only $9.95 a month, you can get the same information that goes to Presidents, Secretaries of Defense, and other high officials in charge identifying and bombing our enemies. Get up-to-date information and support (secret) government operations at the same time. Payable on major credit cards. Call 1-800-BIG-FEAR for quick service."
 
 
0 # Lorraine B. 2014-09-30 10:35
Oh, you are so clever, ahollman!! Read this: http://dissidentvoice.org/2014/09/bring-on-operation-whack-a-mole/
 
 
-5 # Urbancurmudgeon 2014-09-30 07:13
Big Greenwald fan... but...Let's accept everything from Glenn, that he doesn't want to accept from the government. So what? What changes? The government puts out a lot of BS about new terrorist groups. We're still going to bomb in Syria and Iraq. So what changes? Nothing. So what is this article about except Glenn venting his frustration with the government. The article is telling us about a lot of press manipulation about possible terrorist groups, that, like many CIA type phantoms, may never amount to anything. Meanwhile we will be bombing people who have declared war on America. Remember, our bombs and troops in Iraq are the result of ISIS saying that they would be coming after us, long before we made any military moves on them. So, it seems that they wanted us and now they got us. Let's see how it works out.
 
 
+3 # carlcoon 2014-09-30 07:37
There may well be a terrorist cell out there working on plans to hit us in the US or Europe, and if so the administration is certainly going to think this is the moment to dust whatever intelligence we have on it off and hype it to justify bombing another country. I rate it as plausible that such a cell exists and certain that our government found it expedient to hype its existence at this time. The big question is, did we invent Khorasan out of thin air and if not, how much of what we've been told is fact and how much is hype? Is this nothing more than a repeat of the WMD scam for Iraq? Or is there a kernel of real threat here? I wish we knew.
 
 
+10 # fredboy 2014-09-30 08:36
What you are seeing is allegiance to what I call the Orwellian 1984 playbook: Always terrify your public with a boogeyman.

The US used Osama Pajama for almost a decade for this purpose. Now "new" and "more terrifying" boogeymen arise! Ironic that almost all the boogeymen were once armed by--hang on--the US. That seems to be our history.

For the past 14 years you have experienced the application of terror, fear, and distrust--both 9/11 and Katrina were carefully orchestrated national failures to let us all know we can't count on our government when the shit hits the fan. Now they repeatedly tell us, warn us, and threaten us with the forced feeding of terror imagery -- we are bombarded by it.

Sadly, the constant shower of death and non-moral behavior has cracked our national psyche. Theft is considered simply out thinking the other guy (we used to call them victims), and murder abounds. Slowly but surely, we have created a nation of monsters.
 
 
0 # caylworth@gmail.com 2014-09-30 11:11
Barbara Starr? Give us a break. I guess she has been preparing her whole life for her 15 seconds of NatNet fame.
 
 
+6 # Radscal 2014-09-30 12:05
Göring at the Nuremberg Trial:

"Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."
 
 
+1 # fredboy 2014-09-30 12:51
Amazing: Obama's "That's how we roll" is a direct quote from--hang on!--George W. Bush. They are one now. One long digression since the vicious Reagan smiled and waved his way into office.
 
 
0 # Khidr 2014-09-30 14:21
Khorasan group has a Iranian flavor to it. This group just popped up, to be used later when our Boss, Israel ask us to go and bomb Iran. Remember 9/11 with 19 individuals with boxcutters, well Hollywood is hard at work to produce another spoof by Khorasan Group. This paragraph is clipped from the above article. “The planning from the Khorasan Group … suggests at least an aspiration to launch more-coordinate d and larger attacks on the West in the style of the 9/11 attacks from 2001? (days later, Lake, along with Josh Rogin, actually claimed that “Iran has long been harboring senior al Qaeda, al Nusra, and so-called Khorasan Group leaders as part of its complicated strategy to influence the region”). The Saudis complained hey you are spoiling the Sunni name, how about Shias this time, so we have The Khorasan Group, another fairy tale even better than the Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny or the loving mermaids or 9/11 group......like ritawalpoleauge says ISIS ISIS ISIS is BSBS BSBS BSBS & Khorasan group is CACA CACA CACA.....
 
 
+1 # vt143 2014-10-01 08:53
I've just learned of a terrorist group infinitely more dangerous that ISIS or the Khorasan group...it's the f*&ing U.S. of Lockheed Martin.
 
 
+2 # bibi 2014-10-01 11:49
"Days later, Lake, along with Josh Rogin, actually claimed that “Iran has long been harboring senior al Qaeda, al Nusra, and so-called Khorasan Group leaders as part of its complicated strategy to influence the region”
The only complicated strategy is the American one!
Why would Iran harbour al Nusra, and why would al Nusra trust Iran, when Iran supports Assad, and al Nusra is against him?
 
 
+1 # Khidr 2014-10-01 12:43
Khorasan group has a Iranian flavor to it. This group just popped up, to be used later when our Boss, Israel ask us to go and bomb Iran. Remember 9/11 with 19 individuals with boxcutters, well Hollywood is hard at work to produce another spoof by Khorasan Group. This paragraph is clipped from the above article. “The planning from the Khorasan Group … suggests at least an aspiration to launch more-coordinate d and larger attacks on the West in the style of the 9/11 attacks from 2001? (days later, Lake, along with Josh Rogin, actually claimed that “Iran has long been harboring senior al Qaeda, al Nusra, and so-called Khorasan Group leaders as part of its complicated strategy to influence the region”). The Saudis complained hey you are spoiling the Sunni name, how about Shias this time, so we have The Khorasan Group, another fairy tale even better than the Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny or the loving mermaids or 9/11 group......like ritawalpoleauge says ISIS ISIS ISIS is BSBS & Khorasan group is BSBS
 
 
-3 # mmcmanus 2014-10-01 13:24
One thing that is for sure is that the Middle East is a complicated, ever-changing cesspool of killing and evil. Another is that anything written by Glenn Greeenwald is immediately suspect--he is an egotistical criminal with his own personal agenda as to what he thinks it the "truth".
 
 
+3 # cjger31 2014-10-02 11:18
Thanks to GG for compiling all these news stories, which he views as propaganda -- an excuse to bomb Syria. Perhaps so.

Perhaps not.

What we don't know is whether Khorasan or whatever they call themselves is actually plotting a 9/11 type attack. Plotting is not the same as serious planning and recruitment of attackers.

I assume the Middle East has a huge cadre of America haters, who if they could would like Atta notoriety as they escape their miserable lives. They must exist.

My question is whether bombing their homelands destroys their will to attack or just makes more determined fanatics. I believe the latter. Like all wars, bombing makes enemies angrier. It doesn't stop them.
 
 
+1 # Revolutionary 2014-10-02 12:41
I see many intellectuals here, that evidently have some amount of concern for their country. America is one of the greatest (influential rather) civilizations since Rome, and the course of history appears to resemble the course taken back then as well. The masses can potentially be mobilized, but as a semi cannot be pushed by one arm, the public cannot be moved by one single person. However, i believe the time to prepare and organize is now. You can scream at a wall, but until you take action, that wall will remain unscathed. Activists have been screaming at a wall long enough. Take action! You can email redwhiteblue857@gmail.com for any discussion, questions or bashing, whatever. Copy and paste if you agree
 
 
0 # MidwestDick 2014-10-18 22:45
The Khorasan group! Aren't they a subsidiary of Vandelay Industries?
 

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