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Liquid Bombing Ruse Does Not Make the Papers

Raw Story | October 1 2006

Happening upon retired Lieutenant-Colonel Nigel Wylde’s debunking of the August liquid-bomb Brothers Grimm story, posted on the Raw Story site, it immediately becomes obvious why the corporate media did not pick up the story.

Wylde, a former senior British Army Intelligence Officer, knows what he is talking about, as he was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for his command of the Belfast Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit in 1974.

“The idea that these people could sit in the plane toilet and simply mix together these normal household fluids to create a high explosive capable of blowing up the entire aircraft is untenable,” Lt. Col. Wylde told Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, author of The London Bombings: An Independent Inquiry. “This story has been blown out of all proportion. The liquids would need to be carefully distilled at freezing temperatures to extract the required chemicals, which are very difficult to obtain in the purities needed.” Following this, other arduous, albeit impossible on an airliner, procedures would be required.

But Wylde is not alone. “Wylde’s concerns are echoed by others familiar with British terrorism-related intelligence operations, such as Glen Jenvey, who is profiled in the bestselling book, The Terror Tracker, by terrorism investigator Neil Doyle. Jenvey worked for several military attaches monitoring terrorist groups in London and obtained crucial video and surveillance evidence used by British police to arrest radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, who was convicted last February,” Ahmed continues.

“I’ve been closely monitoring the internet communications of extremist Muslim groups inside the UK both before and after 7/7, and they are intimately interconnected,” said Jenvey, who is affiliated with the London-based terror watch group VIGIL. “We’ve identified a coordinated leadership of at least 20 and up to 60 people, extremist preachers with blatant international al-Qaeda terrorist connections.”

Jenvey noted that even though they are known to the authorities and are monitored while breaking the law with impunity, particularly in their private sermons, the police have failed to take appropriate action against them. “The police don’t need to round up and detain thousands of British Muslims. If they only arrested, charged and prosecuted these 20 key terrorist leaders, they will have a struck a fatal blow against the epicentres of al-Qaeda extremism in the UK. But they’re sitting on this.”

Of course, this is hardly news, as the BBC reported some time ago the British MI5 sheltered Abu Qatada, described as a “senior al-Qaeda leader,” and MI6 protected Haroon Rashid Aswat, said to be the mastermind of the July 7, 2005, London bombings.

“The London Independent also reported 2 days before the London Bombings how MI5 has previously used so called Al Qaeda operatives as informants, allowing them to be left alone as a trade off,” writes Steve Watson. “This only came to light when Bisher al-Rawi was captured by the CIA and taken to the detention centre at Guantanamo Bay. The original Independent link has now mysteriously been removed.” Numerous other examples, beyond the scope of this modest blog entry, are out there, demonstrating government complicity in terrorism.

But even with a plethora of easily discernible evidence out there proving “al-Qaeda” terrorism is a ruse, our corporate media, at the behest of the perfidious neocons, plods along, reporting blatantly false and even stupid remarks issued by venal politicos as they connive to eviscerate the Constitution in America.

“It’s time for terrorists such as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who planned the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to face justice,” said Democrat Rep. Chet Edwards after Congress passed the so-called detainee bill, a massive affront to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

No mention here of the fact “Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, alleged mastermind behind the September 11 plot, was granted a visa to enter the US just six weeks before the terrorist attacks in Washington and New York, according to new revelations from the federal commission studying the attacks,” as reported by the Financial Times.

Of course, this oversight in regard to Mohammed is simply an “intelligence failure,” even though we are told he was involved in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the Operation Bojinka plot, an aborted 2002 attack on Los Angeles’ U.S. Bank Tower, the Bali nightclub bombings, the failed bombing of American Airlines Flight 63, and the murder of Daniel Pearl.

Naturally, as we are expected to believe incompetence rules inside U.S. intelligence agencies, nobody was called on the carpet or sacked over the Khalid Sheikh Mohammed oversight.

Meanwhile, back in England, the suspicious connections pile up like cord wood outside a Vermont cabin late November.

“According to John Loftus, a former Justice Department prosecutor, Omar Bakri and Abu Hamza, as well as the suspected mastermind of the London bombings Haroon Aswat, were all recruited by MI6 in the mid-1990s to draft up British Muslims to fight in Kosovo,” writes Nafeez Ahmed, underscoring what most of us kooky conspiracy theorists already know. “American and French security sources corroborate the revelation. The MI6 connection raises questions about Bakri’s relationship with British authorities today. Exiled to Lebanon and outside British jurisdiction, he is effectively immune to prosecution.”

Other London-based radical clerics with terrorist connections also had a relationship to the security services. Abu Qatada, described as al-Qaeda’s European ambassador, was, according to French sources a long-time MI5 informant. Pakistani government insiders similarly believe that Ahmed Omar Sheikh Saeed, the British al-Qaeda finance chief from Forest Gate, not only worked with the ISI, Pakistan’s military intelligence service, but was also recruited by the CIA as an informant. Saeed, who reportedly wired several hundred thousand dollars to alleged chief 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta, is currently in Pakistani custody for the murder of Wall Street Journal journalist Daniel Pearl.

As to this last bit of info, consider we are now told Khalid Shaikh Mohammed “took part in the killing of Mr. Pearl in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, after the journalist’s kidnapping on Jan. 23, 2002,” presumably with the ISI-CIA operative Omar Sheikh Saeed at his side, according to the New York Times.

As the journalists, or rather stenographers, at the New York Times have mortgage and Lexus payments due, we cannot expect them to make such easily stitched together connections, even if the facts are right there before them, courtesy of a simple Google search.

Lieutenant-Colonel Nigel Wylde’s characterization of the absurd and effortlessly disprovable liquid-bomb plot as a “fiction” was not reported stateside in the larger corporate media, as the idea is to scare the dickens out of witless citizens, ready and eager to buy into the normative threat—after years of incessant propaganda, most of it silly or utterly fantastical—posed by Freddy Kruger Muslims lurking in the shadows with peroxide and MP3 players in hand.

But then, in Bushzarro world, up is down, black is white, Bush is a compassionate conservative even as he orders the rape of children and the waterboarding of goat herders and dirt farmers, so we shouldn’t expect the truth to emerge, not now or probably ever.

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