March 8, 2012
By Washington’s Blog
“If the mainstream media reported on this, less people would support a war with Iran. Come to think about it, do you know anyone who wants another war? Besides the government, of course.” –KTRN
Would you support a war against Iran if you knew that:
Iran has one of the largest Jewish populations in the world, and the second-largest in the Middle East behind Israel.
Jews are protected by the Iranian constitution, and are guaranteed seats in the Iranian parliament.
The CIA admits that the U.S. overthrew the moderate, suit-and-tie-wearing, Democratically-elected prime minister of Iran in 1953. He was overthrown because he had nationalized Iran’s oil, which had previously been controlled by BP and other Western oil companies. As part of that action, the CIA admits that it hired Iranians to pose as Communists and stage bombings in Iran in order to turn the country against its prime minister.
If the U.S. hadn’t overthrown the moderate Iranian government, the fundamentalist Mullahs would have never taken over. (Moreover, the U.S. has had a large hand in strengthening radical Islam in the Middle East by supporting radicals to fight the Soviets and others).
The U.S. armed and supported Iraq after it invaded Iran and engaged in a long, bloody war which included the use of chemical weapons. Here is former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld meeting with Saddam Hussein in the 1980′s, several months after Saddam had used chemical weapons in a massacre:
February 10, 2012
By Tony Cartalucci
The British Daily Mail published a stunning admission by “US officials” that Israel is indeed funding, training, arming, and working directly with US State Department listed terrorist organization, the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, also known as Mujahedeen e-Khalq (MEK).
The Daily Mail article states, “U.S. officials confirmed today that Israel has been funding and training Iranian dissidents to assassinate nuclear scientists involved in Iran’s nuclear program.” The article continues by claiming, “Washington insiders confirmed there is a close relationship between Mossad and MEK, according to NBC, but said the U.S. was not involved.”
Of course, this is an overt lie, exposed by 3-4 years of documented collaboration between the United States and MEK, including an extensive conspiracy formulated within US policy think-tank Brookings Institution’s 2009 “Which Path to Persia?” report, proposing to fully arm, train, and back MEK as it waged a campaign of armed terror against the Iranian people.
In their report, they openly conspire to use what is an admitted terrorist organization as a “US proxy” (emphasis added):
“Perhaps the most prominent (and certainly the most controversial) opposition group that has attracted attention as a potential U.S. proxy is the NCRI (National Council of Resistance of Iran), the political movement established by the MEK (Mujahedin-e Khalq). Critics believe the group to be undemocratic and unpopular, and indeed anti-American.
In contrast, the group’s champions contend that the movement’s long-standing opposition to the Iranian regime and record of successful attacks on and intelligence-gathering operations against the regime make it worthy of U.S. support. They also argue that the group is no longer anti-American and question the merit of earlier accusations. Raymond Tanter, one of the group’s supporters in the United States, contends that the MEK and the NCRI are allies for regime change in Tehran and also act as a useful proxy for gathering intelligence. The MEK’s greatest intelligence coup was the provision of intelligence in 2002 that led to the discovery of a secret site in Iran for enriching uranium.
February 9th, 2012
By: Steve Connor
The bioterrorism expert responsible for censoring scientific research which could lead to the creation of a devastating pandemic has admitted the information “is going to get out” eventually.
Professor Paul Keim, chairman of the US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, controversially recommended that researchers be stopped from publishing the precise mutations needed to transform the H5N1 strain of birdflu virus into a human-transmissible version.
In an exclusive interview with The Independent, he argued it had been necessary to limit the release of the scientific details because of fears that terrorists may use the information to create their own H5N1 virus that could be spread easily between people.
Professor Keim said that it was necessary to slow down the release of scientific information because it was clear that the world is not yet prepared for a strain of highly lethal H5N1 influenza that can be transmitted by coughs and sneezes.
“We recognised that, in the long term certainly, the information is going to get out, and maybe even in the mid term. But if we can restrict it in the short term and motivate governments to start getting busy in terms of building up the flu-defence infrastructure, then we’ve succeeded at a certain level,” he said.
“If we can slow down the release of the specific information that would enable somebody to reconstruct this virus and do something nefarious, even for a while, then that was a good thing.”
By withholding key details of the mutations needed to make an airborne strain of H5N1, this would give time for governments to prepare for and prevent a possible pandemic, he added.
“The infrastructure to stop a pandemic in this area is not there. We just don’t have the capabilities. The very first time we knew that the swine flu virus [coming out of Mexico] was there, it was already in 18 countries. I’m not confident at all that we have the surveillance capability to spot an emerging virus in time to stop it,” he said.
“And even if we did spot it early on, I don’t think we have sufficient vaccines. The vaccines aren’t good enough, and the drugs are not good enough to stop this emerging and being a pandemic.”
Although H5N1 spreads rapidly between birds, it has so far affected only about 600 people worldwide who have had direct contact with infected poultry. However, two teams of researchers have shown independently that it only requires five mutations for H5N1 to become an airborne pathogen for laboratory ferrets, the standard animal model for human influenza.
Professor Keim said that the biosecurity board was asked by the US Government to review the two independent studies because they had already been submitted to the journals Science and Nature. The board had to make a recommendation on whether any or all of the information should be published.
Scientists involved in showing how the H5N1 birdflu virus can be transmitted in the air between ferrets have criticised the biosecurity board’s decision to part-censor their research on the grounds that it would hinder the development of new vaccines and drugs.
July 25th, 2011
By: Mark Townsend
The man who confessed to killing more than 70 people in a bomb and gun massacre on Friday has claimed he belonged to an organisation with two more cells who remain at large.
At a closed hearing in Oslo, Anders Behring Breivik admitted carrying out the attacks but pleaded not guilty to one of the worst mass killings in peacetime Europe, and told the court he had acted to “save Europe” from Islam.
Breivik, 32, will be detained in complete isolation for four weeks, with no incoming letters or visitors except for his lawyer, while police investigate his claims to have accomplices. Breivik has previously said he acted alone in the attacks.
“The accused has made statements today that require further investigation, including that ‘there are two more cells in our organisation’,” said the judge, Kim Heger, who warned that Breivik could tamper with vital evidence if released. He will be held for at least another month after the court-ordered solitary confinement.
Breivik arrived at court on Monday morning to jeering from a crowd of around 400 people. As a police convoy approached the rear of Oslo’s central court, someone shouted then the crowd surged forward. Bystanders screamed “traitor” and banged on the windows of a police car after one man said he’d spotted Breivik in the back seat.
A local book editor, Marius Wulfsberg, 54, described one bystander pointing at a man in the crowd as Breivik’s vehicle passed. “That man lost three friends on Nyota Island, what do you have to say now? But the man he was pointing at was just standing there, impassive.
“People were angry, shouting, some were hitting the door of the car.”
Just after 1.40pm local time, Breivik was hustled into an underground tunnel that led into the basement and then taken up to courtroom 828, on the 8th floor.
The hearing was ordered to be held behind closed doors after the judge was informed of last-minute police concerns.
Outside the sealed courtroom, reporters waited in vain for a glimpse of Breivik, who had initially requested to appear in court in uniform, and asked for time to explain his actions.
Normally such a hearing would be held in open court, but many in Norway had argued that Breivik should not be given a platform to justify the killings.
Breivik’s lawyer, Geir Lippestad, said his client had admitted to the attacks but denied any criminal guilt.
The court acknowledged the need for transparency in the case, but after a 35-minute hearing, Judge Heger said an open hearing would not be possible “for practical reasons.”
“It is clear that there is concrete information that a public hearing with the suspect present could quickly lead to an extraordinary and very difficult situation in terms of the investigation and security,” he said.
Police had earlier put the death toll at more than 90 but on Monday they revised the figure for the youth camp massacre down to 68, with at least seven killed in the bombing.
Earlier, a minute’s silence brought Oslo to a standstill as thousands flocked to pay tribute outside the cathedral. More than 10 minutes later, thousands were still standing while others converged upon the vast field of flowers that has steadily grown in the heart of Oslo since Breivik struck.
The flag on the courthouse remained at half mast.
Meanwhile, the search for victims continued. Police have not released the names of the dead, but Norway’s royal court said on Monday that those killed at the island retreat included Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s stepbrother, an off-duty police officer, who was working there as a security guard.
In an interview with the Swedish tabloid Expressen, Breivik’s father said he was disgusted by his son’s acts and wished he had committed suicide.
“I don’t feel like his father,” said the former diplomat Jens David Breivik. “How could he just stand there and kill so many innocent people and just seem to think that what he did was OK? He should have taken his own life too. That’s what he should have done.”
May 12th, 2011
By: Mike Adams
If you’re tired of all the half-truths, the propaganda and the complete disinformation that has been spewing from the White House for at least the last twelve years, you can always turn off your television. Switch off the radio. Or just like everybody else, stop reading printed newspapers. But the U.S. government has decided it must reach you with its official propaganda one way or another, so now it is mandating that all mobile phones sold in the United States automatically receive and display “terror messages” from the White House.
Verizon and AT&T have already signed on to the scheme, and starting in 2012, all mobile phones will be required to have this capability. This “feature” will continue for as long as the U.S. federal government continues to exist. Can you imagine what Bush would have done with this technology?
The very idea that the White House is the best source of emergency information is unbelievably arrogant to begin with. If anything, over the last several presidents we’ve seen that the White House is probably the worst source of information you can possibly find. It is the least likely to dish out information based on facts because it always has a one-sided political agenda. To think that the White House is a credible source of information about anything is to exist in an elaborate fairytale land where facts don’t matter at all.
Alerts are mandated
Interestingly, you can’t turn off the White House alerts, meaning you’ll be forced to read whatever current disinfo is being passed off as some kind of alert. Watch out! Bin Laden is in your refrigerator! No wait, he’s stealing your light bulbs! Or as former president George Bush was fond of saying, “Today’s terror color is ORANGE!”
Get ready for a barrage of utterly fabricated, socially-engineered propaganda to be “pushed” to the population via their mobile phones. This is George Orwell’s Ministry of Truth in full operation mode, clued right in to people’s fingertips. If you’re going to control the sheeple, after all, you have to have a way to push your disinfo into their heads, and this mobile phone push technology is about as good as it gets.
The FCC also says the system can push Amber alerts and any other information the government wants to put in front of your face. So on the day the dollar is crashing, you’ll all be sent a message, “Everything is fine. The banks are merely on a short holiday. Do not be concerned…”
Or I suppose the next time a nuclear power plant goes Chernobyl in the USA, and there’s radioactive fallout threatening America, the White House can send out an alert that says, “Do NOT prepare. There is nothing to be concerned about. We have it all under control.”
Someone needs to write a White House alert translator that takes the official alerts and translates them into reality. “Do not be concerned” would translate to, “The nation is on the verge of panic,” for example. “Your money is safe” means “your money is about to disappear.” And “We have it under control” means “it’s completely out of control.”
So the alert that reads, “Do not be concerned. Your money is safe. We have it under control.” actually means your money is about to become worthless and the nation will break down into a panic that will get completely out of control.
What we really need is an alternative news push
What America really needs is for mobile phones to carry an alert system from the alternative media. We’d push messages like, “Did you know mammograms cause breast cancer?” Or, “There is cancer-causing poison in hot dogs and bacon.” One tip each day, you see, based on solid facts that people really need to know. “Have you read the warning label on that vaccine?”
But of course the FCC would never allow truthful messages to be broadcast through this alert system. It only exists for propaganda, not factual information that might be useful to people.
Speaking of pushing information, NaturalNews is working on an iPhone app that will push alerts to users, but of course you have to want the alerts (and install the app) in order to receive them. The White House, on the other hand, will be pushing alerts to everyone, even if they never signed up for them. And you can’t turn them off, either. It’s a forced system in the same way that the federal government uses force for everything else: FDA raids on vitamin companies, DEA arrests of licensed medical marijuana growers, FTC threats on herbal product companies, and so on.
They’d better make sure to get their timing right on these alerts. If they send out an alert that says, “There has been a dirty bomb terrorist attack in New York” but they accidentally send it before the attack happens, some people will do the math and figure out what’s up.
You can bet the White House won’t send any alerts that you really need to know. “The U.S. national debt has hit $16 trillion and your economic future is now in doubt.” Don’t hold your breath waiting for that alert to appear on your mobile phone anytime soon.
“The U.S. dollar has been devalued yet again today by the quantitative easing of the Federal Reserve, which keeps printing trillions of dollars in new currency that dilute the value of YOUR currency.” Again, don’t sit around waiting for that message to show up, either.
“The chemical and pharmaceutical companies have polluted our farms, streams, rivers and oceans, rendering the future of life in North America questionable.” Hmmm… probably not gonna see that message, either. What you’re likely to get instead is a steady drone of “sheeple alerts” that keep people living in fear and not knowing what to do:
Red alert! Terrorists are now saying they will attack TRAINS and STADIUMS using BUTT CRACK BOMBS. So to protect you, we will install TSA checkpoints at all the train stations and sports stadiums. Please open your butt crack for inspection. Thank you for your cooperation.
December 22nd, 2010
By: Andrew Schneider
If you believe the government, you have little to worry about from the radiation beam flitting over the front and back of your body in airport watchdogs’ search for explosives and other hidden implements of terror this holiday season.
The Transportation Security Administration says that when working properly, the backscatter Advance Imaging Technology X-ray scanners emit an infinitesimal, virtually harmless amount of radiation.
The problem is that the TSA offers no proof that anyone is checking to see if the machines are “working properly.”
The TSA ticks off a litany of groups that it says are involved with determining and ensuring the safety of the controversial devices, including:
- The Food and Drug Administration
- The U.S. Army Public Health Command
- Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
- The Health Physics Society
However, AOL News has found that those organizations say they have no responsibility for the continuing safety of the alternative to TSA’s grope.
Further, the Homeland Security agency refuses to release exposure data to top non-TSA safety experts eager to evaluate any risk.
Homeland Security has said the justification for head-to-toe scanning was provided last Christmas, when Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried and failed to ignite a bomb hidden in his underwear on a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.
But the questioning of the TSA’s “working properly” assurances becomes even more significant with the numerous reports this year that its screeners sometimes missed as many as seven out of 10 guns, knives and mock explosive devices that government testers tried to sneak through airport check points.
Why Worry About Exposure to Scanners?
People are subjected to hundreds of millions of diagnostic X-rays every year, virtually all without incident. So why all the angst over the TSA’s scanners, which, when working properly, emit far lower doses of radiation?
To assure that the doses are as low as they are billed to be, it is imperative to accurately calibrate the machines and carefully monitor their performance.
A spike in the intensity of the scanning beam, or a slowdown or pause in the timing of that beam’s sweep across a traveler’s body, could cause significant radiation damage, AOL News was told by a radiologist and two radiological health physicists, who are trained and certified to ensure the safety of those exposed to or working with radioactive material.
The FDA and many state radiation safety offices license, inspect and monitor almost all medical radiation devices everywhere they’re used. But even identical X-ray machines used in nonmedical government venues fall outside FDA scrutiny, the agency said last week.
Nevertheless, the TSA maintains that when it comes to the safety of the full-body scanners, “everything is working fine,” an agency spokesman told AOL News.
“The safety of our scanning systems are routinely and thoroughly tested by the manufacturer, FDA, the U.S. Army, the Health Physics Society, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and others,” the spokesman said when asked last month how the TSA knows if the scanning system is safe.
The TSA does do some of its own inspections of the scanners, Sarah Horowitz, another TSA press officer, explained.
“Preventive maintenance checks, including radiation safety surveys, are performed at least once every 12 months,” she said.
It sounds reassuring when the TSA lists the organizations as the guardians of the safety of the public passing between the two radiation-emitting walls of the scanners.
But in interviews with those same safety sentinels, AOL News found that none of the groups was doing any routine testing of operating scanners in airports. Further, they all said they have no responsibility to monitor the safety of those passing through the airport scanners.
For example, the FDA says it doesn’t do routine inspections of any nonmedical X-ray unit, including the ones operated by the TSA.
The FDA has not field-tested these scanners and hasn’t inspected the manufacturer. It has no legal authority to require owners of these devices — in this case, TSA — to provide access for routine testing on these products once they have been sold, FDA press officer said Karen Riley said.
October 7th, 2010
By: Simon Tisdall and Richard Norton-Taylor
A US terror alert issued this week about al-Qaida plots to attack targets in western Europe was politically motivated and not based on credible new information, senior Pakistani diplomats and European intelligence officials have told the Guardian.
The non-specific US warning, which despite its vagueness led Britain, France and other countries to raise their overseas terror alert levels, was an attempt to justify a recent escalation in US drone and helicopter attacks inside Pakistan that have “set the country on fire”, said Wajid Shamsul Hasan, the high commissioner to Britain.
Hasan, a veteran diplomat who is close to Pakistan’s president, suggested the Obama administration was playing politics with the terror threat before next month’s mid-term congressional elections, in which the Republicans are expected to make big gains.
He also claimed President Obama was reacting to pressure to demonstrate that his Afghan war strategy and this year’s troop surge, which are unpopular with the American public, were necessary.
“I will not deny the fact that there may be internal political dynamics, including the forthcoming mid-term American elections. If the Americans have definite information about terrorists and al-Qaida people, we should be provided [with] that and we could go after them ourselves,” Hasan said.
“Such reports are a mixture of frustrations, ineptitude and lack of appreciation of ground realities. Any attempt to infringe the sovereignty of Pakistan would not bring about stability in Afghanistan, which is presumably the primary objective of the American and Nato forces.”
Dismissing claims of a developed, co-ordinated plot aimed at Britain, France and Germany, European intelligence officials also pointed the finger at the US, and specifically at the White House. “To stitch together [the terror plot claims] in a seamless narrative is nonsensical,” said one well-placed official.
While Abdul Jabbar, a Briton, and others killed by an American drone strike on 8 September in North Waziristan, in Pakistan’s tribal areas, were heard discussing co-ordinated plots, including possible “commando-style” attacks on prominent buildings and tourist sites in European capitals, security and intelligence officials said the plots were nowhere near fruition.
The officials did not deny the men, and other foreign-born jihadi recruits who travel to the tribal areas for indoctrination and training, represented a potentially serious threat. “You have discussions about all sorts of things – that does not necessarily mean there is anything concrete. It is not easy to set up groups,” said one counter-terrorism official.
By making it clear that the US drone strikes were pre-emptive, and were not in any way combating an imminent threat, European officials raised fresh questions – this time directly involving a British national – about the legality of the attacks, which could be viewed as assassinations.
They said Washington was the “driver” behind claims about a series of “commando-style” plots and that the CIA – perhaps because it was worried about provoking unwelcome attention to its drone strikes – was also extremely annoyed by the publicity given to them.
The plot claims, which western intelligence agencies were aware of for months, were leaked last week to the American media.
They were followed by a spate of what security and intelligence officials said were exaggerated claims in the British media, a US state department warning to American citizens to be vigilant when visiting Britain, France, and Germany, a “tit for tat” warning by France to its citizens visiting the UK, and alerts issued by the Swedish and Japanese governments.
Thomas de Maizière, Germany’s interior minister, publicly expressed his scepticism about the US terror warning, saying he saw no sign of an imminent attack on Germany. He described the danger to Germany as “hypothetical”.
The sharp rise in US unmanned drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas, coupled with several cross-border raids by American helicopter gunships that culminated in the killing of two Frontier Corps soldiers last week, was destabilising Pakistan, Hasan said.
“Why are they putting so much pressure on us? It is a threat to the democratic system … But people in Pakistan feel Washington does not care.” American actions were “obviously” linked to Obama’s decision to set a timetable for leaving Afghanistan. The US leader had “jumped the gun” and now “the Americans are in a hurry”.
He said fears were growing in Pakistan that the US was planning a bombing campaign using fixed-wing aircraft as well as drones in North Waziristan.
Hasan said Washington politicians failed to understand how much the US needed Pakistan in the “war on terror”. Nor did they realise that public anger over repeated US infringements of Pakistani sovereignty could boil over into attacks on American personnel and interests that the government might not be able to control.
“The government does not want to go down this road,” he said. “But people feel abused. If they [the Americans] kill someone again, they will react. There is a figure that there are 3,000 American personnel in Pakistan. They would be very easy targets.”
Hasan said American personnel stationed at the Pakistani air force base at Jacobabad, on the border between Sindh and Baluchistan provinces, could be vulnerable if the situation deteriorated further. The US requested the use of Jacobabad, and other bases at Dalbandin and Pasni, after the 9/11 attacks, and has maintained a military presence there ever since.
Another Pakistani diplomat said Jacobabad was the main centre of operations for CIA and US army drones, which are ultimately controlled from America. “They have hangars there. That’s where they fly from and that’s where they return.”
The drone operations began in June 2004 with the tacit, reluctant agreement and involvement of the Pakistani authorities but were now in effect running beyond Pakistan’s control, the diplomat suggested. “We have always denied it in the past. But everybody knows this is happening. We need to wake up,” the official said.
A US official said: “Our allies have been briefed on the nature of the threat and the intelligence that led to the travel alert and everyone understands this cannot be taken lightly.
“To try to ascribe any political motivation is misguided and irresponsible.”
October 4th, 2010
By: Richard Esposito, Rhonda Schwartz and Megan Chuchmach
Among the possible targets in the suspected European terror plot are pre-security areas in at least five major European airports, a law enforcement official told ABC News. Authorities believe terror teams are preparing to mount a commando like attack featuring small units and small firearms modeled after the Mumbai attack two years ago.
The State Department issued a highly unusual “Travel Alert” Sunday for “potential terrorist attacks in Europe,” saying U.S. citizens are “reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure.”
One scenario authorities fear is a repeat of the 1985 attack on the Rome and Vienna airports, when Palestinian extremists threw grenades and opened fire on travelers waiting at ticket counters injuring 140 and killing 19, including a small child.
European and U.S. officials first learned of the current terror threat over the summer following the capture of a suspected German terrorist who had been training in Pakistan.
The plot’s leaders have been identified and targeted, Pakistan’s Ambassador Husain Haqqani told ABC News in an interview late Sunday.
“I think that several people who were involved in the plotting have been targeted, and the others are certainly on the radar of U.S., Pakistani and European intelligence services,” Haqqani said.
A curfew was ordered this weekend at Ramstein U.S. Air Force Base in Germany, with soldiers told to remain at home and not to wear uniforms off base “in response to a threat condition,” a Ramstein spokesperson said. The U.S. European Command (EUCOM) commented, “With the increased reports of terror activity throughout Europe, the US and its allies are working to ensure the safety and security throughout the region. The US and partner nations are working to investigate and prevent possible terror threats.”
But despite public alerts, there are still concerns the terror group may go ahead with attacks.
“If they believe they can pull it off, I think there’s every reason to believe they may go ahead and try it,” former FBI agent Brad Garrett, now an ABC News consultant. “These plans go together at a particular point in time, and it may be perhaps that they are at a juncture with people, equipment and locations that they need to do it now.”
U.S. Homeland Security Issues Terror Bulletin
ABC News reporters checking European airports over the weekend reported no obvious signs of heightened security, but authorities said such steps would not necessarily be visible.
The U.K. upgraded its terrorism warning to “high” from “general” for France and Germany but would not comment on specifics.
The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI sent a bulletin to local U.S. law enforcement agencies Sunday morning, saying there was currently no information about specific threats to U.S. targets, but they are monitoring recent terrorist threat reports regarding Europe and would continue to “assess.”
The bulletin noted al Qaeda affiliates and those who “follow their ideology” may inspire those with “the ability to access the U.S. legally” and expressed concerns about possible attacks using “small arms, lone shooters and small unit tactics.”
Federal authorities urged localities to raise general security awareness, including training private security staff to take note of individuals “loitering for no apparent reason, sketching or pace counting.”
In a phone conference with reporters Sunday, State Department officials took pains not to discourage travel to Europe with the alert and gave few concrete steps to take.
“Use common sense,” said State Department Undersecretary Patrick Kennedy. “If [tourists] see unattended packages or hear loud noises, quickly move away from them.”
Escalating Chatter in Jihadi Cyberspace
Authorities have detected a dramatic increase in online chatter among jihadist websites the last week, in what experts believe could be other terrorists banning together in anticipation of terror attack plans in Europe and hoping to engage themselves in prospective plots.
The escalating discussions in the virtual meeting rooms for al Qaeda supporters have praised terror attacks plan and suggested targets, communicating with fellow believers just as the terrorist teams at the center of the current suspected plots likely did, experts said.
“When you’ve got this set of threats, what you’re really seeing is the culmination of online chatter a couple years ago,” said jihadi website monitor Aaron Weisburd, an instructor at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center. “These are the guys who represent a real threat right now.”
There’s real significance to chatter when combined with other elements of intelligence, said Garrett.
“The government’s already saying publicly that they are concerned with this level of chatter and they’re concerned about U.S. interests in Europe,” Garrett said. “I think that makes it particularly important.”
September 29, 2010
By: Kurt Nimmo
Homeland Security, the Department of Transportation, and the Transportation Security Administration are forcing trucks into a “counter-terror” checkpoint outside of Atlanta.
“A team of federal agents stopped tractor-trailers on Interstate 20 just west of Atlanta, inspecting each truck as it passed through a weigh station,” WSBTV in Atlanta reports this morning. The operation is part of a “training exercise,” according to authorities, and includes the participation of a Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPER) team, according to the news station.
In 2005, the feds created VIPER to search bus and train stations, ferries, and mass transit facilities across the country to “counter potential criminal terrorist activity in all modes of transportation.” Each VIPER team consists two air marshals, one TSA bomb-sniffing-canine team, one or two transportation security inspectors, one local law enforcement officer, and one other TSA employee. “TSA is going to extend its outreach into other modes of transportation,” said David Adams, spokesman for the Federal Air Marshal Service, told the Washington Post on December 14, 2005.
VIPER teams patrol Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor and Los Angeles rail lines, ferries in Washington state, bus stations in Houston, and mass transit systems in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington and Baltimore.
“The VIPER teams have nothing to do with preventing terrorism, they are there to get people to cower and accept they are under control,” wrote Alex Jones and Paul Joseph Watson on December 23, 2005. Jones and Watson cited David Adams, who admitted that there was no new intelligence indicating that terrorists were interested in targeting transportation modes.
This is not the first time VIPER teams have been used against motorists. In October, 2009, the TSA, Coast Guard, NCIS, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, Norfolk Police and Virginia Beach Police set-up a checkpoint at both ends of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.
Around the same time, the TSA conducted a Gestapo-like operation at a Greyhound bus terminal near downtown Orlando. Nearly 700 bus passengers were forced to surrender their Fourth Amendment and endure searches by the TSA. “There was no specific threat to the bus station on John Young Parkway south of Colonial Drive,” the Orlando Sentinel reported on October 24, 2009.
In February of this year, ABC News ran a feel-good piece about another TSA operation conducted in Tampa, Florida.
As we noted earlier this year, the government is keen to convert the TSA into a military operation. Robert Harding, Obama’s pick to head the agency, told members of the Senate Commerce Committee in March that he would like to see U.S. airport security to more closely resemble security at Israeli airports. The Israelis are notorious for political persecution of Palestinian activists.
In addition to responding to government-created terrorist groups, the TSA is known for its political interrogation. In 2009, Steve Bierfeldt, director of development for Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty, was interrogated and harassed by TSA goons in St. Louis. The MIAC report, leaked to Alex Jones in early 2009, specifically denotes Ron Paul supporters as domestic terrorists. The Department of Homeland Security report leaked shortly after also characterizes members of “right-wing extremist” political groups as potential terrorists.
The TSA told WSBTV that the truck checkpoint set-up in Georgia yesterday is not in response to a specific threat. Instead, it appears they are exploiting recent warnings about a possible false flag terror attack.
On Tuesday, U.S. and European officials said they detected a plot to carry out a major, coordinated series of commando-style terror attacks in Britain, France, Germany and possibly the United States, according to ABC News. “US law enforcement officials say they have been told the terrorists were planning a series of ‘Mumbai-style’ commando raids on what were termed ‘economic or soft’ targets in the countries. Pakistani militants killed 173 people with guns and grenades during the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India.”
Earlier this year Indian’s home secretary, G. K. Pillai, said that the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks in which 166 people died were “clients and creations” of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency of the Pakistan army.” The ISI worked closely with the CIA to create the Afghan Mujahideen in the 1980s and the Taliban in the 1990s. Elements of the Afghan Mujahideen would later become al-Qaeda.
In November of 2009, it was revealed that American intelligence had an agent inside Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group allegedly responsible for the deadly attack. David Coleman Headley, aka Daood Gilani, a convicted drug smuggler, worked with Lashkar-e-Taiba and frequently introduced himself as a CIA agent. The Pakistani terror organization was organized by the ISI, presumably at the behest of the CIA and western intelligence.
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