Posts Tagged ‘John Kiriakou’

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I’m not a big Ben Swann fan. He’s a rabid libertarian, but he is pretty thorough, and he’s got Kiriakou and Thomas Drake to comment on why this new “whistleblower” is different.

 

Is the Trump Whistleblower Really a Whistleblower?

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‘I don’t believe a word of it’ – CIA whistleblower

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Unwatched

Joe Giambrone

 

Orlando spree shooter Omar Mateen was on an FBI “Watch List,” but then removed. Not much watching it seems. Had the FBI better things to do than keep track of a possible terrorist? The military-industrial-complex desires all of our emails, phone records, web searches and location data in real time―the whole planet’s as a matter of fact―but when they actually have a terrorism suspect handed to them in a ribbon they find better things to do than to continue watching what he does.

Haven’t we seen this charade before?

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Boston Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was also on a “Watch List” during the time he traveled to Chechnya and Dagestan and was a great fan of “Russia’s Bin Laden” Dokka Umarov. Look how much the FBI learned as a result of that incident:

“When Mr. Tsarnaev returned in July, the travel alert ‘was more than a year old and had expired,’ Ms. Napolitano said.”

So, if a terrorist, any terrorist, simply waits a year it becomes open season. Good to know. Are you feeling protected? The idea that a terrorism suspect should be removed from a Watch List is absurd on its face. Who decided that there was a ticking clock for terrorists to act within some set time frame?

The 9/11 hijackers Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Midhar were in the USA for 18 months prior to striking. The so-called failure of the “watch list” in that case was already the subject of fifteen years of scrutiny since. The ridiculous actions noted by Ms. Napolitano above make no sense whatsoever. More than a year? So what?

In Omar Mateen’s recent case the FBI canceled his watch listing after 10 months. The Tsarnaev case has similarities to Mateen, which persist:

“The picture emerging Wednesday was of a counterterrorism bureaucracy that had at least four contacts with Russian spy services about Mr. Tsarnaev in the year before he took a six-month trip to Russia…”

That story ignored a more recent Russian warning after Tamerlan’s trip to Russia, warnings that were censored from US news media. You’d have to go to UK media to see that “Russia asked FBI to investigate bomber just 6 MONTHS ago after being spotted with a militant on trip to Dagestan.” That was in December of 2012. A little math, and we find at least five contacts with Russian intelligence over Tamerlan Tsarnaev who was allowed to freely roam Boston in a car with “Terrorista #1” on the front license plate. Even sources in the Saudi Arabian government claimed to have warned the US about Tamerlan Tsarnaev prior to his attacks, and they disallowed his pilgrimage to Mecca.

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The Tsarnaev family had connections to both CIA and USAID, facts that never did appear on US airwaves.

CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou claims widespread “incompetence” at FBI. I’m not so certain about that. Not at all. Incompetence implies something unintended, and intent is that grey area we have yet to penetrate.

You see, the “double game” of America’s foreign policy needs to be understood and factored in, the game where America divides up terrorists into the “good” kind and the “bad” kind. This empire routinely arms, trains and protects terrorists whom it considers “assets.” A terrorism asset or proxy is one who blows up America’s designated enemies (Syrians, Libyans, Iranians, Russians).

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FBI 9/11 whistleblower Coleen Rowley shed a bit of light on how things worked there. Rowley came the closest of anyone to actually stopping 9/11 by attempting to get inside 20th hijacker Zacharias Moussaoui’s laptop. Moussaoui was already detained for suspicious behavior at a flight school the month before the attacks:

“Yet FBI Headquarters officials balked at allowing a search of his laptop and other property, still refusing to recognize that:
1) the Chechen separatists were themselves a “terrorist group” for purposes of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s (FISA) legal requirement of acting “on behalf of a foreign power” and
2) that Moussaoui’s link to Ibn al Khattab inherently then linked him to bin Laden’s well-recognized Al Qaeda group for purposes of FISA (the point in my memo).”

You see: Chechen terrorists were not officially designated as “terrorists” by Washington, much the same way that many Syrian terrorists today are not designated as terrorists in DC. Was the episode with Moussaoui “incompetence” or deliberate… Treason? Material aid in support of international terrorism? We do not actually know at this juncture given the scale of the ongoing September 11th cover-up.

We do see a recurring pattern of protecting actual terrorists, including the 9/11 hijackers, and that should disturb every American.

Washington Post:

“The FBI scrutinized Mateen for 10 months beginning in 2013, putting him under surveillance, recording his calls and using confidential informants to determine whether he had been radicalized after he talked at work about his connections with al-Qaeda and dying as a martyr.”

So they had this guy on a silver platter, but someone decided that if he hadn’t blown himself up by some arbitrary “10 month” date to just let him off the hook. Is that a sensible response to people who claim ties to Al Qaeda and want to die as martyrs? To give them all the guns they may desire and look the other way? All the ammunition too?

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Mateen had an extensive history of these Jihadist threats:

“Omar [Mateen] became very agitated and made a comment that he could have al-Qaida kill my employee and his family,” [St. Lucie County Sheriff] Mascara said Wednesday. “If that wasn’t bad enough, he followed it up with very disturbing comments about women and followed it up with very disturbing comments about Jews and then went on to say that the Fort Hood shooter was justified in his actions.”

Many people at FBI should be immediately fired and replaced with people who possess at least a modicum of common sense. There is no expiration clock on terrorists choosing to carry out attacks. That is a policy without any basis in reality whatsoever and is glaringly absurd on its face. If they’re actually looking for terrorists, they need to keep track of the ones they’ve been alerted to and have reasonable suspicion of carrying out a future attack.

The Syrian connection:

“Two months later, in July 2014, [FBI] investigated a Florida man who’d blown himself up in Syria in support of al Nusra Front, an al Qaeda affiliate also considered an ISIS rival. The suicide bomber knew Mateen, investigators discovered, but those ties were not of “any consequence,” [FBI head] Comey [claimed].”

The Al Nusrah Front has been protected by the White House, as shown as recently as last week! It is a proxy army fighting against the government of Syria, a guerrilla war which the US and its many partners support covertly and overtly. The connection with Syria is the problematic point in this Omar Mateen story, and all we have at this juncture are stories from authorities. The US CIA has created unlawful insurgent armies on the ground inside Syria for years. Recruiting more fighters is an obvious and crucial part of that process.

We still remain in the dark as to any potential links to Mateen’s employer G4S, which is a multi-national “security” firm with its own suspicious past. These people operate in the shadows without even the public oversight that CIA and FBI must submit to.

The multi-trillion dollar defense/security industrial complex has been repeatedly handed real terrorists, put them on “Watch Lists,” and then inexplicably removed them so that they may commit acts of terrorism domestically. This is now a recurring pattern and a great risk to the general public, who should demand immediate change and a complete overhaul of the dysfunctional system.

As the old saying goes:

“Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.”
-Ian Fleming

 

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CIA psychologists admit creating post-9/11 ‘torture’ practice for $81mn

Both James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen admitted“in part” that they produced a document for the CIA called “Recognizing and Developing Countermeasures to Al-Qaeda Resistance to Interrogation Techniques: A Resistance Training Perspective.”

 

 

Abu Zubaydah was mentioned. Read the background on Zubaydah and what actually happened.

 

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by Joe Giambrone

Many may know John Kiriakou as the only CIA employee who saw the inside of a jail cell as a result of the extensive torture conspiracy. Only, Kiriakou was imprisoned for exposing it to the public, not for participating in it. This miscarriage of justice was sickening at the time and widely reported. But inside the belly of the beast, Kiriakou was much more involved in the CIA’s so-called “War on Terrorism” than many may have realized.

Paul Jay and The Real News just produced a must-see 10-part interview with Kiriakou, from his home, where he remained under house arrest—an American political prisoner.

What caught my attention was the name Abu Zubaydah (or Zubaida). Kiriakou was the guy who actually captured Zubaydah in Pakistan. Zubaydah has been a glaring red flag in the government’s 9/11 story since his capture. My first email to Kiriakou explains a few of the reasons why:

Subject: Abu Zubaydah

It doesn’t seem like you were in on these revelations, but Zubaydah was reported to have linked Al Qaeda directly to the Saudi and Pakistani governments. Moussaoui did likewise. The cover-up of 9/11 is all about this link to Saudi government officials who allegedly helped the hijackers in the US. That makes the cover-up of the 28 pages (and more) high Treason. Comment?

It is my view that the CIA snatched Zubaydah from FBI and tortured him in order to shut him up, and not to get information. We have heard nothing further publicly from Mr. Zubaydah since. Have we?

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“Zubaida expresses great relief at [believing he was in Saudi Arabian custody] and, under the influence of the “truth serum” sodium pentothal, tells his interrogators to call Prince Ahmed bin Salman, a nephew of the Saudi king. He provides telephone numbers from memory and says, he will tell you what to do. He proceeds to give more information and phone numbers, claiming ties with higher-ups in both the Saudi and Pakistani governments. He also names:

  • Pakistani Air Force chief Mushaf Ali Mir, who is said to be closely tied to the fundamentalists in the ISI.

  • Saudi Intelligence Minister Prince Turki al-Faisal.

  • Prince Sultan bin Faisal, another nephew of the Saudi King.

  • Prince Fahd bin Turki, another member of the Saudi royalty.

9/11 Rosetta Stone?

According to [Gerald] Posner, Zubaida claims that all of these people were intermediaries he dealt with in the frequent transfer of money to al-Qaeda. The phone numbers and other details he provides are consistent with information already known by US intelligence. Zubaida then lays out many secrets about the 9/11 attacks. One unnamed investigator will later call them The Rosetta Stone of 9/11.”

To my surprise, Kiriakou responded, and quite candidly. Here is his statement, which he gave me permission to publish:

Subject Re: John Kiriakou “Abu Zubaydah”

Dear Joe,

You raise a lot of good and very important questions.  

I’ve come to the conclusion that because virtually everything the CIA has told the American people since 9/11 has been a lie, there is no reason to believe anything else they tell us.

I, for one, believe that every American has the right to know exactly what is on those 28 pages. I’ve not seen them, but I believe they are about Saudi government culpability in the attacks. But I doubt that any of our elected officials have the guts to tell us.

All the best,

John

How many others in the government know this quite well, but are unable to speak out on it due to the retribution that would inevitably come from simply telling the truth? The government’s persecution of whistleblowers is another lever of power, which allows official conspiracies to occur, and even to thrive.

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Kiriakou was a Boyscout, and he finds it unthinkable that US leaders would harm Americans, but offing a million Iraqis would be no problem for them.

The entire 10 part series is on RealNews.

 

Paul Jay dropped the ball and didn’t grill Kiriakou about Zubaydah’s information linking Al Qaeda directly to Saudi Royals. He had their phone numbers. That is the most plausible reason yet for CIA to snatch him away and begin torturing him (into silence).

Early April 2002: Al-Qaeda Leader Zubaida Allegedly Incriminates Saudi Princes

Zubaida expresses great relief at this and, under the influence of the “truth serum” sodium pentothal, tells his interrogators to call Prince Ahmed bin Salman, a nephew of the Saudi king. He provides telephone numbers from memory and says, “He will tell you what to do.” He proceeds to give more information and phone numbers, claiming ties with higher-ups in both the Saudi and Pakistani governments. He also names:
bullet Pakistani Air Force chief Mushaf Ali Mir, who is said to be closely tied to the fundamentalists in the ISI.
bullet Saudi Intelligence Minister Prince Turki al-Faisal.
bullet Prince Sultan bin Faisal, another nephew of the Saudi King.
bullet Prince Fahd bin Turki, another member of the Saudi royalty.
9/11 ‘Rosetta Stone?’ – According to Posner, Zubaida claims that all of these people were intermediaries he dealt with in the frequent transfer of money to al-Qaeda. The phone numbers and other details he provides are consistent with information already known by US intelligence. Zubaida then lays out many secrets about the 9/11 attacks. One unnamed investigator will later call them “the Rosetta Stone” of 9/11.

 

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