"..He has not been formally indicted and charged in connection with 9/11 because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting bin Laden to 9/11...”
Rex Tom, FBI Director of Investigative Publicity, stated 2006 FBI position:
“The FBI gathers evidence. Once evidence is gathered, it is turned over to the Department of Justice. The Department of Justice then decides whether it has enough evidence to present to a federal grand jury. In the case of the 1998 United States Embassies being bombed, bin Laden has been formally indicted and charged by a grand jury. He has not been formally indicted and charged in connection with 9/11 because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting bin Laden to 9/11.”
Obama: no longer essential to kill Osama bin Laden
Barack Obama's comments in a CBS interview last night -- that removing Osama bin Laden from the battlefield was no longer essential that America's security goals could be achieved merely by keeping al-Qaeda "on the run" ..."My preference obviously would be to capture or kill him. But if we have so tightened the noose that he's in a cave somewhere and can't even communicate with his operatives then we will meet our goal of protecting America."... October 7 in a election presidential debate, Mr Obama said: "We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al-Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority." ...
5/2/11 after heroic killing of US cipher again to rally war-mongering patriotism
Obama To 9/11 Victims: 'Justice Has Been Done'
Crowds Of People Sing National Anthem, Chant 'USA'
(excerpt from full text of Obama announcement)
We quickly learned the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda - an organization headed by Osama bin Laden, which openly declared war on the United States and was committed to killing innocents in our country and around the globe. And so we went to war against al Qaeda to protect our citizens, our friends, and our allies...For over two decades, bin Laden has been al Qaeda's leader and symbol, and has continued to plot attacks against our country and our friends and allies. The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation's effort to defeat al Qaeda. Yet his death does not mark the end of our effort...And tonight, let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11. I know it has, at times, frayed. Yet today's achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.
US National Security Information Operations: Obama’s Bin Laden Kill Sets Precedent
5/10/11 by John Stanton, Virginia based writer specializing in national security and political matters
Excerpt: Even though the original version of the Bin Laden story continues to crumble/change, it was wildly successful in stimulating US nationalism through the media’s constant repetition of the matter. Even Hezbollah’s website Al Manar carried wires stories from AP on Bin Laden’s ignominious demise.
According to Army Special Operations Forces Unconventional Warfare, September 2008, “Information is a strategic resource vital to national security. Dominance of the information environment is a reality that extends to the armed forces of the United States at all levels. Military operations, in particular, are dependent upon many simultaneous and integrated activities that, in turn, depend upon information and information systems, which the United States must protect…With the free flow of information present in all theaters, such as TV, phone, and Internet, conflicting messages can quickly emerge to defeat the intended effects. As a result, continuous synchronization and coordination between Information Operations, Public Affairs, Public Diplomacy, and U.S. allies is imperative. It also helps to ensure that information themes employed during operations involving neutral or friendly populations remain consistent.”[...]
3/2/12 Obama "made clear that the number-one priority... is to disrupt, dismantle and ultimately defeat al Qaeda..."
WH press secretary Jay Carney’s repeated insistence that the “number one” purpose of the U.S. mission is to “disrupt, dismantle and ultimately defeat” Al Qaeda in Afghanistan,
Earlier this week, White House press secretary Jay Carney took a beating on the issue of Afghanistan, following a spate of bad news from the war zone—including more American deaths at the hands of supposed Afghan allies... peppered with questions from reporters about the viability, purpose and waning public support for the American mission there. No less than ten times, Carney repeated some version of this justification:
What the President did when he reviewed U.S. policy in Afghanistan was insist we focus our attention on what our absolute goals in the country should be, and prioritize them. And he made clear that the number-one priority, the reason why U.S. troops are in Afghanistan in the first place, is to disrupt, dismantle and ultimately defeat al Qaeda. It was, after all, al Qaeda, based in Afghanistan, that launched the attacks against the United States on September 11th, 2001.
by US--Afghan puppet govt. 'strategic agreement' post 2014 "US troop withdrawal"
CIA-led force may speed Afghan exit
3/3/12 AP http://www.tri-cityherald.com/1182/#storylink=cpy
Top Pentagon officials are considering putting elite special operations troops under CIA control in Afghanistan after 2014, as they were during last year's raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan, sources told The Associated Press.
Al Qaeda Leader Dined at the Pentagon Just Months After 9/11
By Catherine Herridge, http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/10/20/al-qaeda-terror-leader-dined-pentag...
Anwar Al-Awlaki may be the first American on the CIA's kill or capture list, but he was also a lunch guest of military brass at the Pentagon within months of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, Fox News has learned. Documents exclusively obtained by Fox News, including an FBI interview conducted after the Fort Hood shooting in November 2009, state that Awlaki was taken to the Pentagon as part of the military’s outreach to the Muslim community in the immediate aftermath of the attacks.... According to the documents, obtained as part of an ongoing investigation by the specials Fox News Reporting unit... "At that period in time, the secretary of the Army (redacted) was eager to have a presentation from a moderate Muslim." Awlaki "was considered to be an 'up and coming' member of the Islamic community. After vetting, Aulaqi (Awlaki) was invited to and attended a luncheon at the Pentagon in the secretary of the Army's Office of Government Counsel."..
Awlaki, a Yemeni-American, born in Las Cruces, N.M., was interviewed at least four times by the FBI in the first week after the attacks because of his ties to the three hijackers Nawaf al-Hazmi, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Hani Hanjour. The three hijackers were all onboard Flight 77 that slammed into the Pentagon...
Apparently, none of the FBI's information about Awlaki was shared with the Pentagon. Former Army Secretary Tommy White, who led the Army in 2001, said he doesn't have any recollection of the luncheon or any contact with Awlaki. "If this was a luncheon at the Office of Government Counsel, I would not necessarily be there," he said.
The Pentagon has offered no explanation of how a man, now on the CIA kills or capture list, ended up at a special lunch for Muslim outreach.
After repeated requests for comment on the vetting process beginning on October 13th, an Army spokesman insisted Wednesday that the lunch was not an Army event. "The Army has found no evidence that the Army either sponsored or participated in the event described in this report," spokesman Thomas Collins said.Collins also noted that the FBI document referred to the “Office of Government Counsel” but should read “Office of General Counsel.” Collins said he believed the event was sponsored by the office of the Secretary of Defense. A spokeswoman there said she would look into it and get back to Fox News...
Awlaki is now believed to be hiding in Yemen after being linked to the alleged Ft. Hood shooter Major Nidal Malik Hasan...
“U.S. Military conducting propaganda campaign to magnify role of al-Qaeda in Iraq"
Military Plays Up Role of Zarqawi Jordanian Painted As Foreign Threat To Iraq's Stability
By Thomas E. Ricks
www.washingtonpost.com/ wp-dyn/ content/ article/ 2006/ 04/ 09/ AR2006040900890.html
The U.S. military is conducting a propaganda campaign to magnify the role of the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, according to internal military documents and officers familiar with the program. The effort has raised his profile in a way some military intelligence officials believe may have overstated his importance and helped the Bush administration tie the war to the organization responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The documents explicitly list the "U.S. Home Audience" as one of the targets of a broader propaganda campaign...One briefing slide about U.S. "strategic communications" in Iraq, prepared for Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the top U.S. commander in Iraq, describes the "home audience" as one of six major targets of the American side of the war.... sections of the briefings indicate there were direct military efforts to use U.S. media to affect views of the war.... for example...a "selective leak" about Zarqawi was made to Dexter Filkins, New York Times reporter based in Baghdad. Filkins's resulting article, about a letter supposedly written by Zarqawi and boasting of suicide attacks in Iraq, ran on the Times front page on Feb. 9, 2004...official evidence of a propaganda operation using an American reporter is rare..."There was no attempt to manipulate the press," Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, the U.S. military's chief spokesman when the propaganda campaign began in 2004, said in an interview Friday. "We trusted Dexter to write an accurate story, and we gave him a good scoop." Another briefing slide states that after U.S. commanders ordered the atrocities of Saddam Hussein's government be publicized, U.S. psychological operations soldiers produced a video disc was not only widely disseminated inside Iraq, but was also "seen on Fox News."...
The Zarqawi program was not related to another effort, led by the Lincoln Group, a U.S. consulting firm, to place pro-U.S. articles in Iraq newspapers, according to the officer familiar with the program who spoke on background..
The Zarqawi campaign is discussed in several of the internal military documents. "Villainize Zarqawi/leverage xenophobia response," one U.S. military briefing from 2004 stated. It listed three methods: "Media operations," "Special Ops (626)" (a reference to Task Force 626, an elite U.S. military unit assigned primarily to hunt in Iraq for senior officials in Hussein's government) and "PSYOP", U.S. military term for propaganda work.
One internal briefing, produced by the U.S. military headquarters in Iraq, said that Kimmitt had concluded that, "The Zarqawi PSYOP program is the most successful information campaign to date." Kimmitt is now the senior planner on the staff of the Central Command that directs operations in Iraq and the rest of the Middle East...
Kimmitt said, "There was clearly an information campaign to raise the public awareness of who Zarqawi was, primarily for the Iraqi audience but also with the international audience." A goal of the campaign was to drive a wedge into the insurgency by emphasizing Zarqawi's terrorist acts and foreign origin, said officers familiar with the program. "Through aggressive Strategic Communications, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi now represents: Terrorism in Iraq/Foreign Fighters in Iraq/Suffering of Iraqi People (Infrastructure Attacks)/Denial of Iraqi Aspirations," the same briefing asserts. Officials said one indication that the campaign worked is that over the past several months, there have been reports that Iraqi tribal insurgents have attacked Zarqawi loyalists, especially in the culturally conservative province of Anbar. "What we're finding is indeed the people of al-Anbar -- Fallujah and Ramadi, specifically -- have decided to turn against terrorists and foreign fighters," Maj. Gen Rick Lynch, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, said in February [ed: U.S. 'owns' the world thus never a 'foreign fighter!]
NYT dutifully removes U.S. from 'tribal' war and propaganda
“What is Al Qaeda? The truth is there is no Al Qaeda”
Yemen’s Drive on Al Qaeda Faces Internal Skepticism
Nov, 03, 2010 - SANA, Yemen — As Yemen intensifies its military campaign against Al Qaeda’s regional arm, it faces a serious obstacle: most Yemenis consider the group a myth or a ploy by their president to squeeze the West for aid money and punish his domestic opponents. Those cynical attitudes — rooted in Yemen’s history of manipulative politics — complicate any effort to track down the perpetrators of the recent plot to send explosives by courier to the United States. They also make it harder to win public support for the fight against jihadist violence, whatever label one attaches to it. “What is Al Qaeda? The truth is there is no Al Qaeda,” said Lutfi Muhammad, the violence is “because of the regime and the lack of stability and the internal struggles.”...The Yemeni government has used jihadists as proxy soldiers in the past and sometimes conflates the Qaeda threat and unrelated political insurgencies in northern and southern Yemen....
Shortly before his untimely death, former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook told the House of Commons "Al Qaeda" is not really a terrorist group but a database of international mujaheddin and arms smugglers used by the CIA and Saud
Al Qaeda - the Database
by Pierre-Henri Bunel
"The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the 'devil' only in order to drive the 'TV watcher' to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US..."
April-June 2004 article by Pierre-Henry Bunel, former agent for French military intelligence.
CIA OPERATION CYCLONE
Zbigniew Brzezinski played the pivotal role in Operation Cyclone, codename for a CIA program to arm the Afghan mujahideen before and during the Soviet war in Afghanistan, 1979 to 1989 to give the Soviets its own ‘Vietnam war’, bogging them down in a long and costly war. Obama said he has ‘learned an intense amount from Dr. Brzezinski’, :
Former British Foreign Secretary: Al Qaeda is Not a Real Group, Just a U.S. Propaganda Campaign
Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook says: The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the 'devil' only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US. Cook has previously written: Al-Qaida, literally "the database", was originally the computer file of the thousands of mujahideen recruited and trained by the CIA to defeat the Russians in Afghanistan. Cook is merely confirming what others have said. Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski told the Senate that the war on terror is "a mythical historical narrative"....
Obama Adviser Brzezinski Leads Delegation to Damascus
WASHINGTON — A foreign policy adviser to Senator Obama is scheduled to arrive in Syria today as the leader of a RAND Corp. delegation. Zbigniew Brzezinski will travel to Damascus for meetings as part of a trip Syria's official Cham News agency described as an "important sign that the end of official dialogue between Washington and Damascus has not prevented dialogue with important American intellectuals and politicians."...On August 24, Mr. Brzezinski, a one-time national security adviser to President Carter, announced in an interview on Bloomberg's satellite news channel that he was endorsing Mr. Obama, and he has been an adviser to the campaign since.An assistant to Mr. Brzezinski, Trudy Werner, told The New York Sun yesterday: "He is leading a delegation for RAND and they will be in Damascus. It is a high-level delegation and they are meeting with some high-level people in the region. There is no shortage of issues in the Middle East to discuss as I'm sure you know." ...A spokesman for the State Department, David Foley, yesterday offered no comment on Mr. Brzezinski's scheduled travel to Damascus. "In light of the ongoing Syrian interference in the presidential election process in Lebanon, the continued flow of foreign fighters into Iraq from Syria, the continued support for Palestinian terrorist groups and Hezbollah, we call on Damascus to cease its destructive tactics."... A press officer for the RAND Corp., Lisa Sodders, said the trip was organized by the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy. She offered scant details on the trip, which she said was not meant to be covered by the press. She said the delegation would be "meeting with several different people, community leaders and government officials throughout the Middle East." Mr. Brzezinski met with the Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak. Syrian press accounts said the delegation would visit Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad; vice president, Farouq al-Sharaa, and foreign minister, Walid Mouallem....the former Carter administration official addressed Democratic lawmakers last month at a retreat at Williamsburg, Va., on America's policy toward Iran.
Al-Qaeda Central and the Internet
Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative Policy Paper
By Daniel Kimmage, Homeland Security Policy Institute
March 16, 2010 | New America Foundation http://counterterrorism.newamerica.net/publications/policy/al_qaeda_cent...
Al-Qaeda is today primarily a media phenomenon. Since the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, it has not succeeded in carrying out a similarly ambitious operation, although it has been effective at spreading its message globally over the Internet. But it now faces a triple communications challenge: staying prominent in an ever more competitive online environment, explaining how its current entanglement in the Afghanistan-Pakistan nexus makes sense in the global jihadist narrative, and trying to change increasingly negative views of suicide bombing and al-Qaeda itself in the Arab-Muslim world.