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Is Bill Gertz A CIA Plant?
I am convinced Bill Gertz is a CIA plant. Gertz works for the Washington Times, a newspaper founded, owned, and controlled by Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church, a whacked out religious mind-meld cult if ever there was one (see Behind the Times: Who Pulls The Strings at Washington’s No. 2 Daily?). Since the Washington Times is already far right-wing territory, it is a near perfect platform for Gertz (billed as “defense and national security reporter for The Washington Times, a position he has held since 1985?), as a CIA operative, to launch a disinformation campaign in regard to terrorism: viz., Abu Musab Zarqawi has a nuke and plans to use it. Of course, as usual, “analysts are unable to gauge the reliability of the information’s sources” in regard to the Abu Nuke, but that sure didn’t prevent the editors over at Moonie Central from cooking up a big old scary headline: Reports reveal Zarqawi nuclear threat.
“Recurrent intelligence reports say al Qaeda terrorist Abu Musab Zarqawi has obtained a nuclear device or is preparing a radiological explosive—or dirty bomb—for an attack, according to U.S. officials,” warns Gertz. “The classified reports have been distributed to U.S. intelligence agencies for several consecutive months and say Zarqawi, al Qaeda’s leader in Iraq, has stored the nuclear device or dirty bomb in Afghanistan, said officials familiar with the intelligence.”
Notice how it is now a foregone conclusion that Abu Musab Zarqawi—who was reported killed some time ago—is “al Qaeda’s leader in Iraq.” (Gertz tells us Abu is “formally” linked to al-Qaeda.) If the corporate media “reports” spurious “facts” long enough, they simply become gospel. “We were basically paying up to $10,000 a time to opportunists, criminals and chancers who passed off fiction and supposition about Zarqawi as cast-iron fact, making him out as the linchpin of just about every attack in Iraq,” a military intelligence agent told Adrian Blomfield of the UK Telegraph last year. “Back home this stuff was gratefully received and formed the basis of policy decisions. We needed a villain, someone identifiable for the public to latch on to, and we got one.”
A report by the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction faulted U.S. intelligence agencies for not understanding al Qaeda’s unconventional weapons programs in Afghanistan prior to 2001, when U.S. forces helped oust the Islamist Taliban government.
Is it possible al-Qaeda did not have an “unconventional weapons program,” as assumed by the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction (i.e., Bush’s nine eleven white wash commission)? Of course, we know “al-Qaeda” (or what would latter become al-Qaeda for the sake of political expediency) was awash in conventional weapons, courtesy of the United States government. For instance, we know that “the United States funneled more than $ 2 billion in guns and money to the mujaheddin [in Afghanistan] during the 1980s, according to U.S. officials. It was the largest covert action program since World War II,” according to Steve Coll of the Washington Post (see Anatomy of a Victory: CIA’s Covert Afghan War).
But what about the dead Abu Musab Zarqawi getting a suitcase nuke or two from the dead Osama bin Laden?
As Carey Sublette notes, the Osama-has-a-nuke story originated from a story that appeared in an Arabic language newspaper, al-Watan Al-’Arabi, in 1998. “Nearly all of the claims that have circulated since then about bin Laden’s nuclear capabilities are derived directly from this report,” writes Sublette. “The unsourced claims made in Al-Watan Al-’Arabi did not attract immediate attention in the West. It was not until about a year later that stories began surfacing in English repeating these assertions. For example, a story in the 25 October 1999 issue of the Jerusalem Report (quoted in Bin Laden has several Nuclear Suitcases) asserted that Osama bin Laden’s terrorist organization al Qaeda has acquired a number of these devices in exchange for a ‘$30 million in cash and two tons of Afghan heroin’, a claim taken directly from Al-Watan Al-’Arabi.” (It should be noted that the Jerusalem Report is owned by Conrad Black, who also owns the Strausscon influenced Jerusalem Post and several other Israeli newspapers and periodicals.) “The Jerusalem Report story provided as the source of this allegation Yossef Bodansky, an apparently a free-lance analyst with connections to Israeli intelligence and conservative Republican think tanks. Bodansky’s source for this information was not disclosed.”
In other words, it appears the original Osama-has-nukes-and-wants-to-irradiate-your-kids story was dreamed up by Israeli intelligence and so-called “conservative Republican think tanks,” more than likely of the PNAC-JINSA-AEI variety, i.e., the Likudite influenced Strausscons.
In short, the story ranks high on the bullshit meter.
Of course, now that Osama is persona non grata, and Abu the Terrible is the locus of Islamic turpitude, it stands to reason that the al-Qaeda nuke fairy tale, apparently cooked up by the Likudite-Strausscon alliance, take on a new life. It is Bill Gertz’s responsibility, as CIA (or Israeli intelligence) propagandist, to roll out a new booga-booga story designed to scare the pants off little girls and weak-kneed American adults no longer able to use their cerebral cortexes, thanks to decades of incessant televised propaganda.
Gertz wraps up his scary parable as follows:
The reported threat of nuclear terrorism comes amid other intelligence indicating that Zarqawi is planning an attack on the United States. Still other intelligence says Zarqawi was planning a chemical weapons attack in Europe, officials said…. In February, U.S. intelligence and security officials said information showed bin Laden had asked Zarqawi to focus future attacks on targets inside the United States. The threat was contained in a classified bulletin to state and local security officials.
In other words, a dead terrorist with a highly improbable bomb will attack the Great Satan, probably between now and a generation or two—remember, we are engaged in a generational war, as our fearless leader and his minions keep telling us—although there is no evidence and even if the government had evidence they wouldn’t tell us about it, but instead issue a “classified bulletin to state and local security officials,” who routinely complain that they don’t have the money to protect us, let alone secure the borders (another fairy tale is that terrorists, reportedly Chechens, are sneaking into the country with suitcase nukes).