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Re: The Chechens' American friends Chechens & 9/11

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Re: Two explosions at Boston marathon finish line
by beeline » Thu May 09, 2013 1:09 pm
Wow. Just wow. So it doesn't disappear down the memory hole, here is the text from hiddenite's link:

"I Hope I Didn't Contribute To It"
By Mark Ames

Over the past couple of weeks, I've pumped out thousands of words on the dark and ugly geopolitics that form the backdrop to the Boston Marathon bombing. Most of that will appear in the upcoming Print Edition (Issue 3) of NSFWCORP — but for now, I want to bring up a couple of incredibly strange leads in the Tsarnaev brothers' stories. It seems the media has lost interest in trying to make sense of the Tsarnaevs' terror attack on the Boston Marathon that left three dead and over 260 injured — too many unsolved mysteries, too much journalistic energy wasted chasing down the ridiculous "Misha" phantom.

Keep in mind that no matter how weird some of this material gets — and it does get weird — it does have an explanation. Not a pretty explanation, not anything that will make you feel any better about what happened in Boston and what's going on in the part of the world the Tsarnaev brothers come from — and not a simple explanation either, which is why the full story will have to wait for the print edition.

For now, I want to start with one of the biggest "What The Fuck?!" elements of the bombing story, a detail so far completely overlooked: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's high school project "mentor," Brian Glyn Williams. Brian Glyn Williams happens to work for the CIA, on Islamic suicide bombers, Chechnya, and jihadi terrorism. Williams is also an associate professor of history at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, the university where 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was enrolled, and where he spent many of his last free hours between the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, and his arrest on April 19.

The day after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested, Brian Glyn Williams, the CIA man at U Mass-Dartmouth, confessed to a local reporter for the New Bedford Standard-Times,

"I hope I didn't contribute to it."

There's another link to the Tsarnaev brothers' story that wasn't so much overlooked as it was avoided as just too weird: That angry Chechen uncle of theirs in Maryland, the clean-cut attorney who called his nephews "losers"—Uncle Ruslan Tsarni (neé Tsarnaev) —who was married to the daughter of ex-CIA officer Graham Fuller. What hasn't been reported about Fuller is that he was the CIA's station chief in Kabul, Afghanistan in the late 1970s — when, according to Zbigniew Brzezinski, the CIA planted a trap for the Soviet Union, in the form of radicals who overthrew the Soviet-backed regime, sparking the disastrous invasion and occupation that eventually destroyed the Soviet Union, and gave rise to Al Qaeda and radical jihadis in their place.

So Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's former uncle-in-law was the top CIA officer in Kabul who brought down communism and empowered Islamic jihadi radicals; and when he was just 16 years old, Dzhokhar's high school project "mentor" was also a CIA specialist on Islamic terrorism, suicide bombers, and Chechnya.

As disturbing as these facts are, they're part of a much larger narrative, too big to call a "plot," whose center of gravity during the Bush years was a K Street front group called "The American Committee for Peace in Chechnya" — which brought together over 100 of the leading neocons, Zionists, liberal hawks, Cold War imperialists and a smattering of libertarians and non-interventionists to promote Chechen separatism. Starting a few weeks before the Supreme Court handed George W. Bush the White House, and right through Bush's two terms , Chechen separatism — violent, Wahhabi-influenced, funded and tied in with Al Qaeda, the global jihadi network, and even a handful of the 9/11 hijackers — was promoted, defended, and exploited for all it was worth by A-list foreign policy establishment names including William Kristol, Michael Ledeen, Robert Kagan, James Woolsey, Stephen Solarz, Richard Perle, Geraldine Ferraro, Norman Podhoretz, and Zbigniew Brzezinski, to name just a few.

The full story on the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya will have to wait for the big article in Issue 3, but what's important to keep in mind here is this: A lot of very important, and very awful people who've been steering the American Empire for the past few decades have taken a very keen interest in Chechens.

Considering the fact that there are only a few hundred Chechen refugees in the United States who were given asylum, it's not such a surprise that so many powerful interests and figures would show up just a degree or two from the half-Chechen brothers who set off the first jihadi terrorism act on US territory in almost a dozen years.

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For now, let's go back to the story of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's high school mentor-slash-CIA employee, professor Brian Glyn Williams — why was he initially so worried that he might have "contributed" to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's radicalization?

Two years ago, when Dzhokhar was a high school student at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, his teacher introduced him to professor Williams, who helped mentor Dzhokhar through his big project he was working on about Chechnya — specifically, about Chechnya's fight against Russia for its independence, and the horrific tragedies and attempted genocides that the Chechens have suffered.

This is exactly the sort of material that has tended to radicalize Chechens into a jihadi mindset — which you could argue is justifiable, except when you consider the CIA man, and the neocons and imperialists who've championed that same tragedy, and that same cause. In that case, you have to ask why Chechen anger, pain, and radicalization were harvested and encouraged by the same people who exterminate Islamic separatists fighting for their right to self-determination everywhere else, starting with Israel's occupied territories.

In the first hours after Dzhokhar's arrest, Professor Williams went to great lengths to downplay his relationship with the teenaged jihadi, even as he worried about his influence on him. The high school class assignment on which Dzhokhar worked with Williams asked each student at the ethnically-diverse and well-regarded Cambridge public school to research their own ethnic identity. As reported the day after Dzhokhar's arrest in the Standard-Times [bold mine],

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose family fled the horrors of the Russian occupation, was about to learn about some harrowing things he escaped from at a very young age.

Williams, whose classes [at U. Mass-Dartmouth] on the War on Terror are routinely packed, obliged by exchanging emails with the then-17-year-old student.

There was a lot to read about. Especially since the Russians retook the tiny separatist republic, there are stories of mass killings, death camps, mass graves, torture, destruction.

There were retaliatory strikes inside Russia, including a hostage drama in a Moscow theater. Russia in the end sent 100,000 troops to surround Chechnya to keep it under their thumb.

As Williams put it, an ancient civilization was being wiped away. As many as one-fifth of the Chechen population of less than a million died in those years.

What stands out here is that Williams taught Tsarnaev a version of events that, while perhaps true or truer than other versions, is nevertheless highly debatable and most likely exaggerated. The number of Chechens killed in the two wars with post-Soviet Russia, while huge, are thought by many human rights activists and scholars to be far lower than the 200,000-250,000 figure cited by neocons who support Chechen separatism — somewhere between 50,000 and 100,000 total casualties (including Russian and Chechen soldiers) which is a horrible enough figure in such a small population, and a morbid business.

Williams just completed a book about the Chechnya independence struggle that will be published next year — it's called "Inferno in the Caucus: The Chechen insurgency and the Mirage of Al Qaeda" which makes the poorly-timed point that Chechen separatism is not in any way linked to terrorism. It's patently false, and easy to debunk; but among America's foreign policy elites, it's gospel that Chechen fighters and Chechen separatism are as far removed from radical Islamic jihad as the Mouseketeers.

Continuing with the article,

On Friday morning, Williams awoke to hear that this young man was the suspect being sought in the Boston Marathon bombing Monday.

Williams shot me an email. I phoned him and at one point I heard a rare twinge of worry in his voice. "I hope I didn't contribute to it. That kid and his brother identified with the Chechen struggle," he said. But Williams recalled the student clearly, though the two never met and communicated by email, Williams sending him links to academic papers he's published and books he recommended.

"He was learning his Chechen identity, identifying with the diaspora and identifying with his homeland," he said. "He wanted to learn more about Chechnya, who the fighters were, who the commanders were. I sort of gave him background."

Giving Dzhokhar "background" — that's one way of putting it.

Oddly enough, professor Williams claimed he never met Dzhokhar in person, despite mentoring him through his Chechnya project and communicating with him on numerous occasions via email when he was in high school... and despite the fact that Dzhokhar enrolled in professor Williams' university, U. Mass- Dartmouth, after graduating from high school. One would think that Dzhokhar would be interested in meeting the Chechnya history professor who helped him so much on his high school project — but apparently, we're told that wasn't the case. It certainly seems remarkable that Dzhokhar never once dropped in on professor Williams' office or class. Williams would only go so far as to say that Dzhokhar was never "formally" a student of his —U Mass-Dartmouth has so far refused to release Dzhokhar's academic records, leaving us in the dark for now.

Just a month before the Boston Marathon bombings, a profile on professor Williams detailed his work for the CIA as an expert in identifying Islamic suicide bombers. According to the profile,

His work has taken him to London to consult with Scotland Yard and to Afghanistan to work for the Central Intelligence Agency. Williams was tasked with helping law enforcement and intelligence agencies understand the motivations and behaviors of suicide bombers. He is of the mind that while Islam is a subtext for much of the violence and terrorism in the region, it's not the sole explanation. His findings about suicide bombings in Afghanistan were informed by his understanding of tribal identities as much as fervor for the Jihadist movement. He came to these conclusions after being sent to Afghanistan by the CIA to perform firsthand research on these types of attacks.

And yet he missed the jihadi suicide bomber in his Inbox, whose radicalism he may have "contribute[d] to."

The day after professor Williams publicly fretted over whether he'd helped "jihadify" Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the FBI paid him a visit. On a Sunday. Presumably, they talked about professor Williams' relationship with the suspected terrorist. But a few days after their visit, Williams published a piece in the Huffington Post, headlined "Thoughts on the 'Jihadification' of Boston Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev" that made no mention at all of FBI interest in his relationship with the suspect, or how he might have helped radicalize him. Instead, according to professor Williams' HuffPo article, the FBI popped by on a Sunday to tap his expertise — on suicide bombers and Chechen radicals. They came to learn, not to question. And what he taught them was simple: Chechens aren't terrorists. Only other Islamic jihadists are terrorists — but not Chechens, April 15-19th notwithstanding.

Here is Williams' cheery account of the FBI visit:

On Sunday two incredibly well informed FBI special agents arrived at my house here in Boston wanting to know anything I could teach them about the process of jihadi radicalization, as well as Chechens, a topic I covered in my class on Chechnya at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth titled "Fire and Sword in the Caucasus: A History of the Muslim Highlanders of Chechnya."

Either the FBI wasn't interested in his mentoring relationship with Dzhokhar, or professor Williams no longer wants to talk about it. Which would be fine, except that Williams goes on to tell the FBI agents, and HuffPo readers, his version of Chechen "background" — a version so full of factual errors and falsehoods that even Glenn Beck's editors would flag half of it:

I directed them to my earlier articles "Shattering the Chechen Al Qaeda Myth. Part I and II [Published at Jamestown Foundation]. These articles systematically demolished the misguided notion that the outgunned, Sovietized, Sufi-mystic Chechen rebels defending their mountain homeland from the mighty Russian Federation had somehow developed a foreign policy which bizarrely led them to become the evil henchmen of the Saudi Arabian Wahhabi fundamentalist terrorist Osama Bin Laden and his Pashtun tribal Taliban allies in Afghanistan. I myself personally traveled to Afghanistan in 2003 and interviewed numerous Taliban prisoners of war held by Northern Alliance Uzbek General Dostum to see if they had ever seen a real Chechen fighter of the sort reported to be the vanguard of their armies (see my photos here). None of them had ever seen or heard of Chechens; it was like looking for the Chechen Big Foot.

Were Chechen fighters in Afghanistan really as apocryphal and silly as a "Chechen Big Foot"? It's a strange thing to joke about so soon after the bombing, considering Professor Williams' relationship to a Chechen terrorist in Boston who'd just killed 4 and wounded over 270.

First, let's go back over the public record about Chechen fighters alongside the Taliban and Al Qaeda in the months and years after 9/11. It's not Big Foot — it's a fact, and there are plenty of reasons why it makes sense that I'll get into in the bigger article. Here are just a few important points to keep in mind:

1) During Chechnya's brief three-year independence, between 1996 and Putin's invasion in 1999, Chechnya was one of the only places on earth that imposed harsh Sharia law. The only regime that recognized Chechnya's independence was Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.

2) Scores of Chechens, including top commanders like Shamil Basayev, were trained in camps in Afghanistan and fought on the side of Islamic radicals in neighboring Tajikistan in the early-mid-1990s, as well as fighting in Azerbaijan and in Abkhazia.

3) The top foreign "jihadi" fighter and financier in Chechnya between 1995-2001 was a Saudi known as "Emir Khattab." Khattab trained under bin Laden, and Khattab was identified by CIA analysts, among others, as an Al Qaeda-linked jihadi terrorist. Khattab was both the leader of the "International Islamic Brigade" in Chechnya, and the top money man doling out Gulf funds to the Wahhabi factions that eventually overwhelmed the more "moderate" faction led by President Aslan Maskhadov. Moderate or not, Maskhadov did impose a rather brutal version of Sharia law in Chechnya, and his financier and vice president was directly linked to kidnapping gangs responsible for some of the thousands of Russians, Chechens and Westerners kidnapped, tortured, and in some cases beheaded or sold in open slave markets during Chechnya's brief independence.

Now, onto what professor Williams calls the "Chechen Big Foot" who never set foot in Afghanistan or fought US-backed forces after 9/11, a small sample of the many sources, ranging from top US generals to all the major US media, who would disagree:

During the first battle for Kunduz in Afghanistan's north, in November 2001, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld told reporters,

"There's Chinese in there, there's Chechens in there, there's Arabs in there, there's Al Qaeda in there..."

Agence France-Presse, in a March 22, 2002 article headlined "Americans follow Russians as target for Chechen diehards," reported:

They have been the stuff of nightmares for Russian troops and now US forces face the prospect of trying to combat fanatical Chechen fighters in Afghanistan who have thrown their lot in with Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network.

"There are a hell of a lot of them and they sure know how to fight," one senior unnamed American officer told AFP after the conclusion of the recent offensive Operation Anaconda against diehard fighters in eastern Paktia province.

Islamic Chechen separatists, who have been involved in a fierce war for independence from Russia for the past 29 months, appear to make up the largest contingent of al-Qaeda's foreign legion.

"We know the history of the Chechens. They are good fighters and they are very brutal," [US Major General Frank] Hagenbeck said.

The general said he has heard of reports out of the Pentagon that a unit of 100-150 Chechens had moved into southern Afghanistan.

..."We were surprised somewhat" by the amount of evidence which suggested Chechens had been fighting in the region, he added.

General Tommy Franks, the commander of US forces, said in Moscow Thursday that Chechen fighters were among the al-Qaeda fighters taken prisoner by US troops but gave no figures.

The New York Times, reporting on a battle in Afghanistan's Shahi Kot Valley in the spring of 2002, reported,

Between 100 and 200 Qaeda and ''non-Afghan'' fighters, including Arabs, Chechens and Uzbeks, have been killed in heavy fighting so far, General Franks said...

During the battle of Tora Bora in late 2001, where bin Laden managed to escape, the New York Times reported that Chechen fighters made up the fiercest contingent of Al Qaeda fighters:

Just how unpredictable this battle could be was illustrated today when reporters were told to be on hand for the surrender of 300 Arab and Chechen fighters, a development that would have marked a major breakthrough.

Hours later, a pickup truck of Kalashnikov-wielding fighters and Khan Muhammad, a local Afghan commander, drove down the hill and was besieged by the press. The Arab fighters, he insisted, were prepared to surrender, but the Chechens were determined to fight on.

There are endless reported examples of Chechens fighting with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan — examples which completely belie the narrative pushed by Professor Williams, and Williams' powerful allies in the Jamestown Foundation, Freedom House, and the American military-imperialist establishment that's made a special project of coddling and harvesting Chechen radicalism, and aiming it at the soft oil-soaked underbelly of our old rival, Russia. No matter that reports from Syria tell of Chechen jihadi allies of Al Qaeda terrorizing areas around Aleppo — as reported in The Guardian last year. That doesn't really count, because the Chechen jihadists are fighting against Bashir Assad, an ally of Russia, and the rule is, if you're killing Russians, by definition you can't be a terrorist.

If you know anything about Chechen history, you can easily understand why many Chechen young men are drawn to jihadist groups. Chechens have been through a nightmare in the past century and a half — persecution and genocides on a scale almost incomprehensible even in the age of Schindler's List, persecutions that have only strengthened the Chechens' fearlessness and their superhuman will to resist, lending them a "haughty pride" that can be charming and impressive, or terrifying under the wrong circumstances. In the 19th century, Tsarist Russia waged a war of extermination against North Caucasus highlanders — Circassians, Chechens, and other groups, resulting in the ethnic cleansing of hundreds of thousands.

During the Second World War, Stalin had the entire Chechen nation deported in cattle cars, on a three-week journey to the Kazakhstan and Kyrgyz steppes, resulting in the deaths of at least one-third of the entire Chechen people. That is why the Tsarnaev's Chechen father was in Kyrgyzstan, a country that borders western China, rather than Chechnya proper — some Chechens stayed behind in Central Asia after Khrushchev rehabilitated the Chechens and allowed them to return to their homeland in 1957, 13 years after they were deported.

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Professor Williams is an expert on suicide bombers and radical Islamic jihad, and he publishes regularly in one of the best-known CIA-linked outfits, the Jamestown Foundation, which was set up in 1984 by Reagan's CIA chief William Casey as a sort of PR "colony" for Soviet defectors, who were expected to churn out Cold War propaganda under their CIA handlers' watchful eyes. Big names have sat on the Jamestown board, including Dick Cheney, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and former CIA chief James Woolsey. Today, Jamestown's board includes former CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden and retired Marine Corps four-star general Carlton Fultord, along with longtime GOP heavyweights like Kathleen Troia McFarland, who in 2011 couriered the controversial note from Roger Ailes to Gen. David Petraeus promising Murdoch's support if Petraeus ran against Obama in 2012.

Jamestown can turn out good analysis, when its ideology allows for it. In the 1990s, for example, it produced some of the best analysis of the Yeltsin regime's corruption, and the Clinton Administration's disastrous policies that supported the Yeltsin fiasco. But when the Empire's demands change, Jamestown analysts can be shameless when it comes to deploying the propaganda weapon.

Glen Howard, president of the Jamestown Foundation, was also the executive director of the now-defunct American Committee for Peace in Chechnya during the Bush years. Jamestown Foundation publications have published scores of reports and articles about Chechen terrorism and suicide bombers, assuring readers that Chechens aren't a terrorist threat because they only kill Russians, not Westerners. They also perform some rather hilarious verbal acrobatics trying to "prove" that Chechen suffering and national aspirations are in no way comparable to the Palestinians' sufferings and aspirations in the Occupied Territories. The argument comes down to something like this: Chechnya starts with a "Ch" whereas Palestine starts with a "P" — therefore, you can't compare the two. And that proves Palestinians are foreign-sponsored terrorists, whereas Chechens are George Washington's army in lambswool hats.

Professor Williams is also known as a leading expert on the Saudi Chechen rebel leader/terrorist, Khattab, the most obvious link between Chechen rebels and Al Qaeda. But because Khattab also confined most of his killing to Russians, civilians and military alike, Professor Williams' expert opinion on Khattab was that he wasn't a terrorist. Keep in mind, this isn't due to some profound Jamestown Foundation respect for Islam — after all, in October 2009, as Obama deliberated over his future policy in Afghanistan, professor Williams called for Obama to surge up bigtime in Afghanistan citing the handy ol' "AQ terrorism" threat. In a piece titled "Three Reasons Why Democrats Should Support More troops In Afghanistan," professor Williams listed as the first reason why America needed to surge in Afghanistan:

"Al Qaeda and the Taliban are one."

That's professor Williams' expert opinion on the Al Qaeda threat — a useful threat to play when you're trying to convince your audience on the need to commit more troops for more warfare. But when it comes to Chechnya jihadists like Khattab, Professor Williams bends over backwards to deny Al Qaeda ties that really do exist.

In 2011, Professor Williams was asked to appear at the Ottawa terrorism trial of Mohamed Harkat. The crux of the trial came down to whether or not Chechen jihadists and Khattab qualified as terrorists or not. Professor Williams flew in from Boston to assure the Canadian judge that they weren't terrorists, for the simple reason that they killed Russians, not Westerners. Killing Russians is legimitate; killing Westerners or Israelis is terrorism.

Here's an excerpt from the article in the Ottawa Citizen:

Brian Williams, a University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth history professor, said the idea that Khattab was part of the bin Laden network is "outlandish."

"I think the judge has really re-interpreted history," Williams said in an interview.

In the Harkat case, [Judge] Noel rejected the thrust of Williams' testimony, which cast Khattab not as a terrorist, but as a jihadist fighting on behalf of oppressed Muslims.

Noel ruled that Khattab was a terrorist by virtue of his "implicit support" for an allied rebel leader, Shamil Basayev, who embraced terror as part of a campaign to win Chechnya's independence from Russia. The judge also placed Khattab within the bin Laden network, saying he shared ideology, training and money with al-Qaeda.

But Williams said Khattab did not embrace bin Laden's terror campaign against the West and did not launch attacks that targeted civilians.

Khattab's entire career as a jihadist, Williams said, was spent fighting Russians on the battlefield, first in Afghanistan, then in Tajikistan, and finally in Chechnya.

"Bin Laden's enemy was a different enemy: bin Laden's enemy was the U.S., who had bases in Saudi Arabia. Khattab never spoke out against the Americans, or instigated terrorism against the Americans," Williams argued.

In the months after Bush took office in January 2001, this same orthodoxy exempting Chechen-separatism from scrutiny could have played a role in helping the 9/11 hijackers.

At least that's the argument made recently by former FBI agent and 9/11 whistlebower Coleen Rowley, Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2002. After the Boston Marathon bombers' identity was revealed, Agent Rowley posted an article venting her frustration at the FBI's refusal in August 2001 to act on information involving suspicious terrorist activity, because the person of interest was involved in recruiting jihadists to fight in Chechnya.

Rowley reminds readers about an FBI memo dated April 2001 and headlined "Bin Laden/Ibn Khattab Threat Reporting" that former New York Times reporter Philip Shenon recently discovered and wrote up. That memo — explicitly linking Khattab to bin Laden and a possible joint-effort terror attack on US soil — landed on FBI director Louis Freeh's desk that same month, five months before 9/11.

Shenon's article in Newsweek describes how the FBI memo,

warned about "significant and urgent" intelligence to suggest "serious operational planning" for terrorism attacks by "Sunni extremists with links to Ibn al Khattab, an extremist leader in Chechnya, and to Usama Bin Laden."

A few months after that memo, on August 17, 2001, a flight school instructor in Minneapolis was so alarmed by a suspicious student — Zacharias Moussaoui, the so-called "20th hijacker" — that he called the local FBI bureau to report his concerns. The following day, an FBI agent named Harry Samit brought Zacharias Moussaoui in and arrested him for overstaying his visa. Agent Samit couldn't get Moussaoui to talk, so he wanted to get a warrant to look through his laptop and personal items — which meant he'd have to establish a reasonable suspicion of terroristic intent. As Shenon wrote in Newsweek,

counterterrorism supervisors were treating Samit's first reports about Moussaoui with skepticism, even contempt. Michael Maltbie, a D.C. counterterrorism specialist, insisted repeatedly in the days after the arrest that there was no clear link between Moussaoui and Al Qaeda—the link needed for a warrant.

Samit explained the situation to his superior in Minneapolis, who panicked and called FBI headquarters in DC, telling them he needed a warrant because he suspected that Moussaoui...

might be part of a plot "to get control of an airplane and crash it into the World Trade Center or something like that."

Again, FBI headquarters scoffed dismissively. So the Minneapolis agent Harry Samit got the US Embassies in Paris and London to look into Moussaoui's background. The FBI's legal attaché in Paris got back to Minneapolis with some startling news establishing a link between Moussoui and the Saudi warlord in Chechnya, Khattab. The only problem was that by August 2001, US policy did not recognize the Chechen rebels as terrorists with links to Al Qaeda or Bin Laden. True, there was an FBI memo on the FBI director Louis Freeh's desk explicitly warning that terrorists linked to Khattab and Bin Laden were planning a major attack — but the memo was dismissed, and the FBI man in Washington DC, who should have seen that memo but claims he didn't, rebuffed Minneapolis and shut down their requests for a warrant to look in Moussaoui's laptop.

Here's what happened: On August 22, 2001, the FBI man in Paris reported to the FBI in Minneapolis that "French spy agencies had evidence showing Moussaoui was a recruiter for Ibn Omar al-Khattab," whom Sheron describes in his Newsweek article as "a Muslim extremist and Chechen guerrilla leader long allied with Osama bin Laden." He also notes that Moussaoui's companion who was detained with him in Minneapolis told FBI agents that "Moussaoui followed a 'prophet' — Khattab."

But again the FBI man in DC blocked their request for a warrant, because Khattab and the Chechen separatists were not considered terrorists — indeed, the Bush Administration was officially recognizing the exiled separatist leaders, and the entire American foreign policy establishment had joined together to turn Chechen separatism into the human rights cause célèbre of the first Bush term.

But the FBI man in Minneapolis, Harry Samit, still wouldn't give up. So he contacted a CIA counterterrorism expert for his opinion on the significance of Moussaoui working as a recruiter for Khattab and learning to fly 747's. Sheron writes,

"[the] CIA counterterrorism expert ... said he had no doubt that the Chechens and Al Qaeda worked together. "Khattab was a close buddy with bin Laden from their earlier fighting days," the CIA official wrote.

You already know the unhappy ending to this episode. Only after the hijacked planes crashed into the WTC did a federal judge grant the FBI's Minneapolis office a search warrant — where they found evidence of Moussaoui's involvement in an Al Qaeda hijacking plot, and a phone number for an Al Qaeda operative named Ramzi bin al-Shibh, who was the money man for Moussaoui and the other 19 hijackers.

So Moussaoui was both a recruiter for Khattab in Chechnya, and a hijacker terrorist working directly for Bin Laden. That would seem to confirm exactly what the April 2001 FBI memo warned about: Sunni radicals linked to both the Chechen separatist warlord Khattab and to Bin Laden were planning a major attack.

But there was a much more powerful memo that had made the rounds of the US establishment — Chechen separatism was not terrorism, and in fact it could not be terrorism or allied with Al Qaeda or dangerous to America. The right-wing military-intelligence crowd at Jamestown Foundation, the neocons at Freedom House, the liberal hawks and pro-Israel Islamophobes and celebrity libertarians had all agreed: Chechen separatism can do no wrong. Caspian Sea energy resources and transit routes — and the relationship between that region's strategic value, and the larger strategic interest in the nearby Persian Gulf, meant that keeping Chechen separatism alive and spirits high were far more important in the bigger picture than the odd, isolated violent blowback we'd have to endure every once in awhile — a 9/11 plot that could've perhaps been exposed, or a family of Chechen refugees who apparently were becoming radicalized into jihadists, something that's not supposed to happen, something that officially cannot happen.

The Tsarnaevs were granted asylum here in 2002-3, at the peak of the neocons' pet project promoting Chechen separatism. And as USA Today reported, "The Jamestown Foundation has testified on behalf of several ethnic Chechens who have applied for asylum in the United States."

In 2004, a Boston court granted asylum to the exiled Chechen government foreign minister, Ilyas Akhmadov, sparking outrage from Putin.

So when the Russian FSB warned the FBI that some of our Chechen refugees were becoming radicalized and "jihadified," it may be that the FBI really was as unconcerned as they claim they were. And when Tamerlan, the older brother, went to Dagestan, he very likely met up with radical Islamic jihadists, but that only proved the Jamestown spooks and neocons right about Chechens, at least in their own mind: They only do their killing on Russian territory. They're not a threat to us.

And when Tamerlan Tsarnaev returned from Russia to target America, and roped his younger brother into the plot, it could not mean what it really meant; it had to be the work of psychologically demented individuals. Otherwise, the neocons and Islamophobes and "liberal hawks" — and Brian Glyn Williams — would have to explain how the Boston Marathon bombings were in fact blowback from a very dark and savage game being played out by America's leading hawks, Cold Warriors and oil imperialists along the energy-rich underbelly of Russia.
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Re: The Chechens' American friends Chechens & 9/11

Postby hiddenite » Thu May 09, 2013 3:49 pm

Just going to add here the links from the above article so they remain active ?

The early reportage of the links and Prof Williams reactions;

The number of Chechens killed in the two wars with post-Soviet Russia, while huge, are thought by many human rights activists and scholars to be far lower than the 200,000-250,000 figure cited by neocons who support Chechen separatism

Williams would only go so far as to say that Dzhokhar was never "formally" a student of his —U Mass-Dartmouth has so far refused to release Dzhokhar's academic records, leaving us in the dark for now.

Just a month before the Boston Marathon bombings, a profile on professor Williams detailed his work for the CIA as an expert in identifying Islamic suicide bombers.

But a few days after their visit, Williams published a piece in the Huffington Post, headlined "Thoughts on the 'Jihadification' of Boston Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev" that made no mention at all of FBI interest in his relationship with the suspect, or how he might have helped radicalize him.

During the first battle for Kunduz in Afghanistan's north, in November 2001, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld told reporters,

During the battle of Tora Bora in late 2001, where bin Laden managed to escape, the New York Times reported that Chechen fighters made up the fiercest contingent of Al Qaeda fighters:

The New York Times, reporting on a battle in Afghanistan's Shahi Kot Valley in the spring of 2002, reported,...


reports from Syria tell of Chechen jihadi allies of Al Qaeda terrorizing areas around Aleppo — as reported in The Guardian last year.


professor Williams called for Obama to surge up bigtime in Afghanistan citing the handy ol' "AQ terrorism" threat. In a piece titled "Three Reasons Why Democrats Should Support More troops In Afghanistan,"


In 2011, Professor Williams was asked to appear at the Ottawa terrorism trial of Mohamed Harkat. The crux of the trial came down to whether or not Chechen jihadists and Khattab qualified as terrorists or not. ...a report from Ottawa citizen

this same orthodoxy exempting Chechen-separatism from scrutiny could have played a role in helping the 9/11 hijackers.

At least that's the argument made recently by former FBI agent and 9/11 whistlebower Coleen Rowley, Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2002.


After the Boston Marathon bombers' identity was revealed, Agent Rowley posted an article venting her frustration at the FBI's refusal in August 2001 to act on information involving suspicious terrorist activity, because the person of interest was involved in recruiting jihadists to fight in Chechnya.

The Tsarnaevs were granted asylum here in 2002-3, at the peak of the neocons' pet project promoting Chechen separatism. And as USA Today reported, "The Jamestown Foundation has testified on behalf of several ethnic Chechens who have applied for asylum in the United States


Hope that was not a pointless exercise .
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Postby stillrobertpaulsen » Thu May 09, 2013 6:06 pm

hiddenite wrote:Just going to add here the links from the above article so they remain active ?

But a few days after their visit, Williams published a piece in the Huffington Post, headlined "Thoughts on the 'Jihadification' of Boston Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev" that made no mention at all of FBI interest in his relationship with the suspect, or how he might have helped radicalize him.

Hope that was not a pointless exercise .

Hell no, thanks hiddenite, I certainly appreciate you and seemslikeadream crossposting it. In fact, I found this portion of the Huff Post link particularly illuminating:

While the small number of Chechen rebels were later radicalized in the 2000s and came to see their war for national independence as a defensive jihad, they had no reason to attack distant America. For a view into their world see the Chechen rebels' website Kavkaz Center.

Ah, the good old Kavkaz Center. Where have I read about that? Oh yeah:

Other leaked Confidential cables provide in-depth details on U.S., British, and Norwegian support for exiled «Chechen-Ichkeria» leader Akhmed Zakayev, a close friend of the late exiled Russo-Israeli tycoon Boris Berezovsky. A July 29, 2009 Confidential cable from the U.S. embassy in Oslo quotes the head of the Russian section at the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, Odd Skagestad, as telling the American embassy there that Zakayev was the «legitimate representative of not just the Chechen exile community, but of Chechens in Chechnya», although he added that «Zakayev is on various INTERPOL lists» for suspected terrorist links. Skagestad stated the Norwegian PST, Norway’s FBI, ignored INTERPOL arrest warrants and permitted Zakayev to visit Norway from his place of exile in London. The Oslo embassy also stated that the Norwegian head of the «Chechnya Peace Forum», Ivar Amundsen, was very «tight lipped» about his activities and that he was a close friend of the late renegade ex-Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko. Zakayev has also received significant support from the governments of Denmark, Finland, and the Czech Republic, where there are active Chechen exile community. The Kavkaz Center, located in Helsinki, Finland, runs a pro-Caucasus Emirate website and provides an important public relations service for Emirate leader Doku Umarov’s terrorist cells in southern Russia… (emphasis in original) ... rists.html

The terrorist information network has branches in Western Europe, including Finland. There is information testifying to the fact that Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received instructions from the Kavkaz Center listed by the United Nations Security Council as a mouthpiece of «Emarat Kavkaz», a terrorist organization led by Doku Umarov… For many years the Kavkaz Center has been connived with by Finish government (it had been located in Sweden before). It’s not only about the existence of an extremists outlet, which is included into the Uniform Domain Name registry, as well the websites and IP addresses, containing the information banned on the territory of Russia Federation (let’s note, it’s not banned in the United States or anywhere beyond Russia’s borders). Last year Mikael Storsjo, the website’ sponsor, who provides hosting and everything else needed to make it function, (3) was handed down a four-month suspended sentence by a Helsinki court for aiding Chechen terrorists to enter Finland illegally. The investigation proved his immediate complicity in illegal entry of 25 people coming to Finland from Turkey. The illegal immigrants included those who were on the Interpol’s wanted list for particularly dangerous crimes and involvement in terrorist activities. Islam Matsiev – living under pseudonym «Imran Tumsoev» or «Islam Tunsoev» – is the webmaster of Kavkaz Center. The man is known as the Beslan terrorist going around under the call name «the radio man of Basayev». (4)

The Kavkaz Center website is just a branch of larger extremist organization based in Helsinki…The mission is to coordinate activities of Chechen terrorists and plan terrorist acts. The Storsjo case made come into light the evidence testifying to the fact that the Finish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and United States State Department sponsored the site. The money was received in the form of grants allocated to support such human rights organizations as the Finnish-Russian Civic Forum (FINROSFORUM). It was used by the head of Kavkaz Center for business trips abroad during a number of years. Many accomplices of Umarov found jobs in the Storsjo’s office. Ms. Heidi Hautala, nowadays Minister for International Development and Tarja Kantola, the special adviser of the Finnish Foreign Minister, are close to the website. Some time ago they registered the Finnish-Russian Civic Forum to provide support to Doku Umarov and the Kavkaz Center. Later Storsjo told investigators the organization was created for the purpose of receiving the funds provided by US State Department. Another Finnish extremist supporting Storsjo is Antero Leitzinger who works as a researcher at the Finnish Migration Service, being responsible for political asylum applications from the Caucasus. Leitzinger has for years promoted «independent» Chechnya. Via Leitzinger's expert statements, the Finnish Migration Service has granted asylum for dozens of militants, including alleged members of «Battalion of Chechen Martyrs», now operating «Kavkaz Center» in Helsinki. In an article published in «Helsingin Sanomat» already in 1995, Leitzinger threatened the world with a terrorist revenge, if the West does not support independent Chechnya. «If indifference in the outside world continues, Chechens will inevitably resort to the fighting style of their ancestors, which does not meet international standards of clean warfare», Leitzinger wrote. In 1995 he also published an extremist booklet titled «Chechens», in which he announces his association with Doku Umarov, who at that time, according to Leitzinger, was leading «Chechen Youth Movement of National Recovery». Since that, as a leading Finnish expert of North Caucasus, Leitzinger has contributed granting political asylum to vast majority of Chechen militants. (5) (Again, emphasis in original) ... nland.html

Hmmm...wonder if any other CIA employees can be found singing the praises of Kavkaz Center?
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Postby 8bitagent » Thu May 09, 2013 8:47 pm

Amazing article on the history of Chechen fighters and neocon influence. It's long been known that the fiercest fighters as part of the Taliban and al Qaeda's(rather small at the time) brigade were Chechens.
Chechnyan jihad, like Bosnian jihad, was a crucial part of the globalist proxy backbone. Serving drug smuggling, arms and black market interests as well as energy companies(google Bill Clinton and Kazahstan energy contracts)

Is it a coincidence that most if not all of the 19 hijackers were being trained to fight in Chechnya, two of whom already fought in Bosnia? Very few "truth" researchers seem to even understand the Chechen/Bosnia 90's era conflict in relation to the sept 11th event. The more I research this stuff, the more Im convinced that "blowback"(while a legitimate concern) is bullshit and that what we're actually looking at is what Graham Fuller once was quoted about: the elite interests guiding Islamic extremism as a proxy tool to destabilize regions. Either by creating or inserting a Sunni extremist problem to mop up OR using Islamic militant proxies(Libya, Syria, Iraq, etc) to foment chaos.
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Postby stillrobertpaulsen » Thu May 16, 2013 8:28 pm

Hey hiddenite! Do you have access to Part Two yet?!

"I Hope I Didn't Contribute To It" (Part II)

In last week’s issue, we published a piece by Mark Ames entitled "'I Hope I Didn't Contribute To It': Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's High School Mentor Works For The CIA. His Uncle-In-Law Did Too.". The mentor in the subtitle, Professor Brian Williams, was quick to respond, calling the piece “amusing, conspiracy-laden, totally fallacious”.

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Postby Plutonia » Fri May 17, 2013 6:06 pm

I hope that this is the right threat for this - it seems like typical, lead-footed, hate-fueling propaganda to me, and because of the region, possible related to behind-the-scenes maneuvering re US, Russia and the Boston Bombing, but what do I know?
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Boston and the CIA ‘Snafu’ Part II: CIA’s Graham Fuller- A Deep State Rogue
Wednesday, 22. May 2013
Imam Fethullah Gulen &the Grey Eminence behind Turkeys Erdogan & AKP
The open press statement of denial by senior reportedly former CIA official Graham Fuller in April of a link between the Boston Bombings and the CIA, labeling the reports absurd, may go down in history as one of the worst intelligence blunders in the past century. The public admission by Fuller, on a website reported tied to the CIA, of his relationship to the Uncle of the alleged but not ever convicted Boston bombers [1] opened a can of worms the CIA might well wish never had been opened.
In the first part, we discussed the role of CIAs Fuller in creating the policy of using angry Jihadist Muslims as trained terrorists in Afghanistan and elsewhere against the Soviet Union.
A deeper look into Fullers role reveals him to be a key figure in what FBI whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds terms American Deep State rogues. Edmonds worked as an FBI translator from Turkish, Azerbaijani and Farsi languages during and after September 11, 2001 when she uncovered damning email and other evidence of criminal networks linking the actors of 911, drug networks out of Turkey and terrorists in and around Al Qaeda together with senior Pentagon and other US Government officials.[2]
Fuller A Deep State Rogue
As later identified, among the people uncovered by Edmonds translation efforts at FBI were notorious neoconservative Richard Perle, Iraq war architect who headed Bushs Defense Policy Board advisory committee in 2001; Douglas Feith, neocon Under-Secretary of Defense under Bush-Cheney; Anwar Yusuf Turani,[3] key figure in the anti-Beijing Uygur separatist operations under the name East Turkistan National Freedom Center in Washington DC. East Turkistan is their name for Chinas Xinjiang Province where Uygur riots took place several years ago. Turani modestly calls himself President-in-exile, East Turkistan (Xinjiang), though it’s by no means clear who if anyone elected him.
Gulen schools in Russian Chechnya and Dagestan regions, both locations of fanatical Jihadists since 1991, were ultimately banned by Putin. The Russian government has banned all Gulen schools and the activities of the Gulen-linked Nurcu sect in Russia. Over 20 Turkish followers of Gulen were deported from Russia in 2002-2004. In 1999 Uzbekistan closed all Gulens Madrasas and shortly afterward arrested eight journalists who were graduates of Gulen schools, and found them guilty of setting up an illegal religious group and of involvement in an extremist organization. In Turkmenistan, government authorities placed Gulens schools under close scrutiny and have ordered them to scrap the history of religion from curriculums.[13]
Responsible Turkish journalists I’ve met with relate that Gulen-loyal police tied to Edrogans AKP have infiltrated the Turkish police, intelligence services and other key state institutions and are systematically arresting, purging or silencing all nationalist military, trade union and other secular figures opposed to creation of an Islamic Sharia state in Turkey, uprooting ninety or more years of Kemalist legal foundations. More than one hundred Turkish journalists have been arrested for writing critically about the actions of Gulens AKP.
Gulens public profile is as a humble, deeply spiritual Imam of love and brotherhood. His record in practice is anything but. Gulen once stated, you must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence, until you reach all the power centers, until the conditions are ripe.” Sounds a bit like Lenin in the old days. Certain networks in Washington including people in and around Fuller obviously have no problem with that.
Why would the CIA and US agencies want Central Asia? As Obama adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, notes in his now-famous book, The Grand Chessboard, for America, the chief geopolitical prize is Eurasia…America’s global primacy is directly dependent on how long and how effectively its preponderance on the Eurasian continent is sustained It follows that America’s primary interest is to help ensure that no single power comes to control this geopolitical space and that the global community has unhindered financial and economic access to it.”
Washington has used Turkey and the AKP fundamentalist networks of Gulen to wreak havoc across the post-communist oil and mineral-rich regions of Central Asia. Graham Fullers foot prints are all over those covert operations as are Fethullah Gulens. In 2008 Fuller published a book titled, The New Turkish Republic: Turkey as a Pivotal State in the Muslim World. As Sibel Edmonds describes, the process involved using Turkey with assistance from ‘actors from Pakistan, and Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia’ as a proxy, which in turn used Bin Laden and the Taliban and others as a proxy terrorist army before 911. [14]
Edmonds notes regarding US operations in Central Asia, this started more than a decade-long illegal, covert operation in Central Asia by a small group in the US intent on furthering the oil industry and the Military Industrial Complex, using Turkish operatives, Saudi partners and Pakistani allies, furthering this objective in the name of Islam. [15]
What did Uncle Ruslan Tsarnaev, uncle of the Boston alleged bombers do when he was married to Graham Fullers daughter? Ruslan worked for companies connected to Halliburton, doing oil deals in the Caucasus and as consultant for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in the former Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan. Russia barred USAID from its soil in late 2012, alleging USAID together with CIA was attempting to influence the internal political processes in the country.[16]
Some are beginning to ask whether the Boston bombing might have been a deception operation carried out by the Rogues associated with Graham Fuller and the network within the CIA and Pentagon, to make it appear Putin was behind the ghastly events. In any case, when Graham Fuller went to the press to publicly denounce CIA links to the Tsarnaevs he made what is likely to go down as one of the greatest snafus in US intelligence history. He lost his cool, and with it, has put the spotlight on the entire CIA-sponsored Islamic Jihadist operations run through Fethullah Gulen across Turkey into Central Asia and Russia and China.
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The New Great Game Round Up-May 26, 2013
Sunday, 26. May 2013
Chechen-Kyrgyz-Tajik Fighters in Syria, Imam Gulen’s Madrasas in South Caucasus, Azerbaijan-NATO’s base at Russian-Iranian border & More!
The Great Game Round Up brings you the latest newsworthy developments regarding Central Asia and the Caucasus region. The proxy war in Syria is still in full swing and affects not only the Middle East but also Central Asia and the Caucasus. There are even a few Central Asian fighters among the ‘Syrian rebels’:
Three Tajik citizens killed since start of hostilities in Syria – special services of Tajikistan
The threat of joining terrorist and extremist groups by young Tajik citizens has become the reason of the decision to bring students studying at religious education institutions abroad back to the home country. Otherwise, the circumstances would be irreversible, Melikov believes.

Two Kyrgyzstanis recruited for Syria return home
Preventive and precautionary measures aimed at preventing involvement of citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic in extremist and terrorist activities, and participation in armed clashes in Syria and other countries in the Middle East continue. At the same time GKNB is working on identification of traffickers and recruiters.

We probably shouldn’t wait for an investigation to expose the culprits as long as this could damage certain business relations.
Rising radicalism in Syria and the unstable situation in Afghanistan prompted Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU, to warn of an increasing terror threat. Many foreign militants fighting in Syria are from the Russian republic of Chechnya [emphasis mine]:
12 Chechen fighters killed in central Syria: activists
The Syrian government has long been charging that foreign fighters are joining the battles alongside the opposition rebels, accusing regional countries, such as Turkey, of facilitating the flow of those jihadists into Syria.

So there is reasonable concern in Russia that the Syrian crisis could reach the Caucasus [emphasis mine]:
Syrian crisis rapidly spreads and can affect the Caucasus
Pushkov does not exclude that “terrorism can come to those states where it never existed previously. So I would not want the states of the southern Caucasus to become involved in this terrorist activity, but it could happen. Because total destabilization leads to a situation where some people, especially with the funding of certain fundamentalist groups that are growing by leaps and bounds, on oil and gas in a number of Arab states, may have an idea, but why not try to support extremist tendencies in a particular country in the region, say, in Azerbaijan. I think that’s what is dangerous about the Syrian crisis – it can, like cancer, metastasise into other countries.

Azerbaijan: NATO’s base at Russian, Iranian border
Using Azerbaijan as a hub for operations aimed at destabilizing Russia is not exactly a new phenomena. But Russia is of course not the only target in the region:
Iran arrests MKO agents planning to sabotage presidential election
U.S. Congressman meets political refugees from South Azerbaijan
South Azerbaijan is a region in northwestern Iran and groups like the Southern Azerbaijan National Awakening Movement fight for its “liberation”. SANAM recently celebrated the 95th anniversary of Azerbaijan’s independence in the country’s embassy in Washington with John Kerry and Dana Rohrabacher, who has been campaigning extensively for oppressed minorities in Iran andPakistan.
Coincidentally, Washington now also hosts the new office of the MKO, which is the favorite terror cult of the U.S. government and was therefore removed from the list of foreign terrorist organizations.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization stressed this week that Azerbaijan is an “extremely important part of NATO” with the cooperation focusing not only on areas like security and military reform but especially on the energy sector:
Conference on security highlights Azerbaijan’s role as NATO partner
According to the US ambassador to Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan will play an even more important role in ensuring the European Union’s security after the consortium developing the giant Shah Deniz gas condensate field located in Azerbaijan’s sector of the Caspian Sea makes a final decision on the gas transportation route to Europe.
“Beyond opening a new pipeline, Azerbaijani gas will become even more important for European energy supplies,” Morningstar told journalists. The Shah Deniz consortium is considering the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and Nabucco West pipeline route for gas export. The consortium will make its final decision in June and a final investment decision by October 2013.

The Trans-Caspian pipeline
Building a Trans-Caspian pipeline from Turkmenistan to Azerbaijan, which would bypass Russia and Iran, is the biggest dream of the United States:
Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan have right to lay Trans-Caspian pipeline, U.S. ambassador says (UPDATE)
Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan have the right to lay the Trans-Caspian pipeline and the U.S. in general agrees with it.
The Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline running around 300 kilometers will be laid from the Turkmen coast of the Caspian Sea to Azerbaijan, where it will be linked to the Southern Gas Corridor. The pipeline’s capacity is 30-40 billion cubic meters of gas per year.
Iran and Russia expressed their negative attitude towards the project. Tehran and Moscow think the pipeline construction may damage the Caspian Sea’s ecology.

Turkmenistan’s Galkynysh gas field is the second largest in the world after the South Pars field and will be launched on June 30th. China is expected to become one of the biggest customers:
China to Get Gas From Turkmenistan’s Giant Field
The Galkynysh field, the world’s second largest by gas reserves, will be used to build up Turkmen gas exports to China. The field is expected to produce 25 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year for China, with Turkmenistan’s total gas exports to China planned to reach 65 billion cubic meters annually after the field’s launch, Abdullayev said at the fourth international gas congress held by Turkmenistan.

It is, however, highly doubtful if the Trans-Caspian pipeline will be built and Turkmen gas will reach the EU via Azerbaijan. Turkmenistan is definitely interested in the project but there is one major problem [emphasis mine]:
Pipelines: Making War?
Our respected colleague Mikhail Korchemkin of East European Gas Analysis brought to our attention an intriguing comment contained within the The April issue of Blue Fuel newsletter of Gazprom-Export Global Newsletter.
In the article on Page 12, Russian Foundation for Energy Security Director Kostantin Simonov, is quoted as saying:
“The construction of this pipeline would mean to spit in the face of Russia and the real risk may be that of a military conflict, in front of which Russia will not pull back.”
As Mikhail commented: “It does look like the state-controlled Russian giant threatens war with Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan over the pipeline project; doesn’t it”?

NATO pivot to the Caspian Sea
But Russia’s concern regarding the Caspian Sea is not limited to pipelines:
The Caspian region is a hub of tensions
Russia fears the establishment of NATO military bases in the Caspian Region after the withdrawal of the coalition from Afghanistan in 2014 under the pretence of providing regional security. This view was voiced by the head of the Caspian Cooperation Institute Sergey Mikheyev.
Mikheyev goes on to explain why NATO is interested in the region [emphasis mine]:
“We believe that the Caspian region is more and more becoming a node where tension lines of the European continent meet. Apparently, geopolitical interests of many players are crossed here: serious oil and gas resources are concentrated here.“

Since Kyrgyzstan wants to cancel the current agreement with the U.S. on the Manas air base and is moving closer to Moscow, the United States and its allies are turning their attention to other Central Asian countries. The prospect of a U.S. military base in Uzbekistan was already mentioned in the last Round Up.
Furthermore, American and British companies are looking to cooperate with Uzbekistan as well as Kazakhstan in the energy sector and while the CIA’s Jamestown Foundation was still celebrating the Kazakh proposal:
Kazakhstan Proposes to Expand its Transit Facilities on the Caspian to Facilitate NATO’s Withdrawal from Afghanistan
Kazakhstan already signed an agreement with Britain:
Kazakhstan Ratifies Afghan Transit Deal with UK
The primary suspect to host an American military base in the Caspian region, Azerbaijan, rejected this immediately and is even having second thoughts about its NATO membership:
Azerbaijan Will Not Join NATO, CSTO Says Aide
Azerbaijan will join neither NATO nor the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), but is prepared to cooperate with both, a presidential aide said on Friday.
That does not mean Azerbaijan will not alter its position in the future, he added.
“If Azerbaijan’s national interests require membership of those organizations the country could become a member of NATO or even the CSTO – or remain neutral,” Gasanov said.

But we shouldn’t overestimate this statement. The NATO-Azerbaijan relationship is as close as ever and eventually Azerbaijan will take the same path as neighboring Georgia:
Development Strategy of Georgian Armed Forces until 2016 defined
According to the document, accession into NATO is the main priority of Georgia’s foreign and security policy.

Georgia just recently hosted the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency’s Security Symposium of Black Sea and Caspian Sea basins [emphasis mine]:
Greater Middle East War: Pentagon Leads Black, Caspian Sea Basins Military Symposium in Georgia
The attendees of the Symposium are discussing a number of issues like regional stability…and the possible shift of Middle East crises to the Caucasus region.
Representatives of the United States European Command Intelligence, high-ranking intelligence officials of Black Sea and Caspian Sea basins countries – Georgia, Bulgaria, Rumania, Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan – military attaches and experts take part in the Conference held by the organization of Military Intelligence Department of Ministry of Defence. The Head of Military Intelligence Department of JS of GAF [Joint Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces] Col. Roman Jokhadze unveiled the Conference.

Gülen schools in the South Caucasus
Two attendees of the Security Symposium also want to strengthen their cooperation in the field of education:
Azerbaijan and Turkey to actively develop cooperation in education
The question is if this cooperation includes more Gülen schools, which are already flourishing in Georgia. Russia and other countries have banned all schools connected to the Gülen movement and there is a good reason for this. Fethullah Gülen and his CIA-funded movement play a central role in the Pentagon’s Gladio B operations:
Turkish Intel Chief Exposes CIA Operations via Islamic Group in Central Asia
The Russian government has banned all Gülen schools and the activities of the Nur sect in Russia. Over 20 Turkish followers of Gulen were deported from Russia in 2002-2004.
In 1999 Uzbekistan closed all Gulen’s Madrasas and shortly afterward arrested eight journalists who were graduates of Gulen schools, and found them guilty of setting up an illegal religious group and of involvement in an extremist organization.

Additional Omitted Points in CIA-Gulen coverage & A Note from ‘The Insider’
One of the attending Gulen school owners owned and operated 18 schools for Gulen in Uzbekistan. The CIA operation disguised under ‘Teaching English’ at these 18 schools in Uzbekistan consisted of 70 CIA operatives, operating under a project named ‘Friendship Bridge’ (Operation Code Name). The operatives also submitted reports to a certain arm of the Pentagon.
The same operation (name not mentioned) had 60 American-CIA operatives as English teachers in Kyrgyzstan; again carrying US Diplomatic Passports.

12 Chechen Fighters Killed in Central Syria
Chechen Rebels Have Flocked to Syria to Fight Russian-Backed Govt
by Jason Ditz, May 24, 2013

Rocket attacks in the Hama Province have killed 12 rebel fighters today, according to opposition spokesman, and all 12 have been identified as Chechens who came to the country specifically to join the rebellion.

The report didn’t provide details on which faction they belonged to, but large numbers of Chechen fighters have been flocking to Syria for months, mostly to join the Islamist factions in the country.

While Syria is among the most active wars for Islamist fighters it isn’t entirely happenstance that they are choosing to go there. The Syrian government is extremely close allies with Russia, and many of the Chechen fighters are the same ones who resisted the Russian occupation of Chechnya.

The deaths underscore the growing foreign element within the rebellion, something the Assad government has sought to emphasize. At the same time, Assad is relying increasingly on foreign fighters from Hezbollah in battles along the Lebanese border, showing just how regional this war is becoming.
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21 MAY 2013

Whistleblower: Al Qaeda Chief was US Asset - Sunday Times Exposé of Pentagon Terror Ties "Pulled" After U.S. State Department Interference... and the Mark Grossman Connection
Last Friday, Ceasefire magazine published my exclusive, in-depth investigative report exposing the Pentagon's covert sponsorship of al Qaeda terrorists from the late 1990s through to 9/11 - including sponsoring Ayman al Zawahiri himself.

My report is based on interviews with FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, whose extraordinary case has been covered by the likes of Vanity Fair and American Conservative, as well as with Sunday Times journalists who corroborated her claims and spoke of an investigative series they were working on in 2008, based on her revelations, which was "pulled" inexplicably after US government pressure.

The report has gone well and truly viral, collecting over 4,000 Facebook shares, 500 Tweets, and being reposted all over the web. The report was also republished by the highly respected US investigative news magazine, Counterpunch.

But there's more...

The versions published so far have been edited to avoid naming certain names. Below, exclusively for this blog, I publish the original version identifying the "State Department official" fingered by Sibel in the past - Marc Grossman, a senior government official who has worked for both the Bush and Obama administrations before moving into the private sector/lobbying sector.

And we've just published part 1 of my exclusive conversation with Sibel over at the Crisis Podcast series, courtesy of Dean Puckett, who has spliced together a wonderful and eclectic show with interventions from me, Dean - of course Sibel - interspersed with sound and music.


A whistleblower has revealed extraordinary information on the U.S. government's support for international terrorist networks and organised crime. The government has denied the allegations yet gone to extraordinary lengths to silence her. Her critics have derided her as a fabulist and fabricator. But now comes word that some of her most serious allegations were confirmed by a major European newspaper only to be squashed at the request of the U.S. government.

In a recent book, Sibel Edmonds, a former translator for the FBI, describe how the Pentagon, CIA and State Department maintained intimate ties to al-Qaeda militants as late as 2001.Her memoir, Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story, published last year, charged senior government officials with negligence, corruption and collaboration with al Qaeda in illegal arms smuggling and drugs trafficking in Central Asia.

In interviews with this author in early March, Edmonds claimed that Ayman al-Zawahiri, current head of al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden's deputy at the time, had innumerable, regular meetings at the U.S. embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan, with U.S. military and intelligence officials between 1997 and 2001, as part of an operation known as 'Gladio B'. Al-Zawahiri, she charged, as well as various members of the bin Laden family and other mujahideen, were transported on NATO planes to various parts of Central Asia and the Balkans to participate in Pentagon-backed destabilisation operations.

According to two Sunday Times journalists speaking on condition of anonymity, this and related revelations had been confirmed by senior Pentagon and MI6 officials as part of a four-part investigative series that was supposed to run in 2008. The Times journalists described how the story was inexplicably dropped under the pressure of undisclosed "interest groups", which, they suggest, were associated with the U.S. State Department.

Shooting the Messenger

Described by the American Civil Liberties Union as the "most gagged person in the United States of America" Edmonds studied criminal justice, psychology and public policy at George Washington and George Mason universities. Two weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, her fluency in Turkish, Farsi and Azerbaijani earned her an FBI contract at the Washington DC field office. She was tasked with translating highly classified intelligence from operations against terrorism suspects in and outside the U.S.. In the course of her work, she became privy to evidence that U.S. military and intelligence agencies were collaborating with Islamist militants affiliated with al-Qaeda, the very forces blamed for the 9/11 attacks - and that officials in the FBI were covering up the evidence. When Edmonds complained to her superiors, her family was threatened by one of the subjects of her complaint, and she was fired. Her accusations of espionage against her FBI colleagues were eventually investigated by the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General, which did not give details about the allegations as they remained classified.

Although no final conclusions about the espionage allegations were reached, the Justice Department concluded that many of Edmonds' accusations "were supported, that the FBI did not take them seriously enough and that her allegations were, in fact, the most significant factor in the FBI's decision to terminate her services."

When she attempted to go public with her story in 2002, and again in 2004, the U.S. government silenced Edmonds by invoking a legal precedent known as "state secrets privilege" - a near limitless power to quash a lawsuit based solely on the government's claim that evidence or testimony could divulge information that might undermine "national security." Under this doctrine, the government sought to retroactively classify basic information concerning Edmonds's case already in the public record, including, according to the New York Times, "what languages Ms. Edmonds translated, what types of cases she handled, and what employees she worked with, officials said. Even routine and widely disseminated information -- like where she worked -- is now classified."

Although certainly not the first invocation of "state secrets privilege", since the Edmonds case the precedent has been used repeatedly in the post-9/11 era under both the Bush and Obama administrations to shield the U.S. government from court scrutiny of rendition, torture, warrantless wiretapping, as well as the President's claimed war powers.

Other intelligence experts agree that Edmonds had stumbled upon a criminal conspiracy at the heart of the American judicial system. In her memoirs, she recounts that FBI Special Agent Gilbert Graham, who also worked in the Washington field office on counterintelligence operations, told her over a coffee how he "ran background checks on federal judges" in the "early nineties for the bureau... If we came up with shit - skeletons in their closets - the Justice Department kept it in their pantry to be used against them in the future or to get them to do what they want in certain cases - cases like yours." A redacted version of Graham's classified protected disclosure to the Justice Department regarding these allegations, released in 2007, refers to the FBI's "abuse of authority" by conducting illegal wiretapping to obtain information on U.S. public officials.

Journalists Speak Out

Five years ago, Edmonds revealed to the Sunday Times that an unidentified senior U.S. State Department official was on the payroll of Turkish agents in Washington, passing on nuclear and military secrets. "He was aiding foreign operatives against U.S. interests by passing them highly classified information, not only from the State Department but also from the Pentagon, in exchange for money, position and political objectives", Edmonds told the paper. She reported coming across this information when listening to suppressed phone calls recorded by FBI surveillance, marked by her colleague Melek Can Dickerson as "not pertinent".
In recent interviews with this author, Edmonds and the two Times journalists confirmed the identity of the official to be Marc Grossman, then U.S. Ambassador to Turkey (1994-1997). Both reporters involved in the Times investigation clarified that Edmonds' allegations against Grossman had been corroborated by multiple other U.S. intelligence sources, including from the FBI.

Grossman went onto become Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs (1997-2000), then served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs under the Bush administration (2001-2005). His most recent political appointment was as Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan (2011-2012). He is currently Vice President of the Washington DC lobbying firm, The Cohen Group.

Grossman could not be reached for comment, although his colleague Bob Tyrer, Co-President of the Cohen Group, responded on his behalf describing Edmonds' allegations as "reckless... absurd, malicious and false." He also told this author: "You should be ashamed of any role you might play in further disseminating them."
Edmonds' allegations, however, have been supported by others, such as John M. Cole, former FBI Counterintelligence and Counterespionage Manager who worked for 18 years in that Division. In a statement to American Conservative magazine, he referred to "the FBI's decade-long investigation" of Grossman, which "ultimately was buried and covered up."

Cole has also called for a Special Counsel investigation into what he describes as a deliberate cover-up of Edmonds' case: "All I know is that everything that Sibel is stating is true. I read her file. Everything she stated is, in fact, accurate... Everybody at headquarters level at the bureau knew that what she was saying was extremely accurate. I know they didn't want her to go out and speak about it at all, and I know they were trying to figure out ways of keeping this whole thing quiet, because they didn't want Sibel to come out."

Incubating Terror

In the Sunday Times exposé, Edmonds described a parallel organisation in Israel cooperating with the Turks on illegal weapons sales and technology transfers. Between them, Israel and Turkey operated a range of front companies incorporated in the U.S. with active "moles in sensitive military and nuclear institutions", supported by U.S. officials, in order to sell secrets to the highest bidder. One of the buyers was Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) - which often used its Turkish allies, according to the Times, "as a conduit... because they were less likely to attract suspicion." The Pakistani operation was, the paper reported, "led by General Mahmoud Ahmad, then the ISI chief" from 1999 to 2001, when the agency helped train, supply and coordinate the religious zealots who formed the Afghan Taliban and gave sanctuary to their Arab allies brought together in the coalition named al-Qaeda. Ahmad, as the Times noted, "was accused [by the FBI] of sanctioning a $100,000 wire payment to Mohammed Atta, one of the 9/11 hijackers, immediately before the attacks."

According to Indian intelligence officials, they had assisted the FBI in "tracing and establishing" the financial trail between the General and the chief hijacker. The discovery was, they allege, the real reason behind the General's sudden retirement in October 2001.

The Pakistani daily, The News, reported on 10th September 2001 that the ISI chief held several "mysterious meetings at the Pentagon and National Security Council" that week, including CIA director George Tenet – but "the most important meeting was with Mark [sic] Grossman, U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs."
Edmonds raises the question of whether Grossman's alleged liaisons with an espionage network overseen by Ahmad, and the FBI's suppression of related intelligence, played a role in facilitating the attacks.

"Following 9/11, a number of the foreign operatives were taken in for questioning by the FBI on suspicion that they knew about or somehow aided the attacks", reported the Sunday Times. The paper related that according to Edmonds, the hitherto unnamed State Department official received a call from a foreign agent under FBI surveillance asking for help to "get them out of the U.S. because we can't afford for them to spill the beans." The official - now confirmed to be Grossman by Edmonds and the Times journalists - promised "he would 'take care of it'."

Edmonds told this author that high-level corruption compromised the ability of the U.S. intelligence community to pursue ongoing investigations of those planning the 9/11 attacks. "It was precisely those militants that were incubated by some of America's key allies", she said.

Corruption helped guarantee Congressional silence when that incubation strategy backfired in the form of 9/11. "Both Republican and Democratic representatives in the House and Senate came up in FBI counterintelligence investigations for taking bribes from foreign agents", she said. A Vanity Fair investigation in 2005 had identified at least one prominent Republican congressman - then speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert - as being named repeatedly by Turkish targets of FBI surveillance as the recipient of tens of thousands of dollars, to be paid in small cheques to his campaign funds. The funds were in return for political influence.

Al-Qaeda: Enemy or Asset?

In her interview, Edmonds insisted that after its initial exposé on Grossman, the Times' investigation had gone beyond such previous revelations, and was preparing to disclose her most startling accusations. Among these, Edmonds described how the CIA and the Pentagon had been running a series of covert operations supporting Islamist militant networks linked to Osama bin Laden right up to 9/11, in Central Asia, the Balkans and the Caucasus.

While it is widely recognised that the CIA sponsored bin Laden's networks in Afghanistan during the Cold War, U.S. government officials deny any such ties existed. Others claim these ties were real, but were severed after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1989.

But according to Edmonds, this narrative is false. "Not just bin Laden, but several senior 'bin Ladens' were transported by U.S. intelligence back and forth to the region in the late 1990s through to 2001", she told this author, "including Ayman al-Zawahiri" - Osama bin Laden's right-hand-man who has taken over as al-Qaeda's top leader.

"In the late 1990s, all the way up to 9/11, al-Zawahiri and other mujahideen operatives were meeting regularly with senior U.S. officials in the U.S. embassy in Baku to plan the Pentagon's Balkan operations with the mujahideen," said Edmonds. "We had support for these operations from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, but the U.S. oversaw and directed them. They were being run from a secret section of the Pentagon with its own office" - the name, Edmonds did not disclose. She clarified, "the FBI counterintelligence investigation which was tracking these targets, along with their links to U.S. officials, was known as 'Gladio B', and was kickstarted in 1997. It so happens that Major Douglas Dickerson" - the husband of her FBI co-worker Melek whom she accused of espionage - "specifically directed the Pentagon's 'Gladio' operations in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan at this time."

In testimony under oath, Edmonds has previously confirmed that Major Doug Dickerson worked for the Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) under the weapons procurement logistics division on Turkey and Central Asia, and with the Office of Special Plans (OSP) overseeing policy in Central Asia - first under Marc Grossman, and later under Douglas Feith, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from 2001 to 2005.

Gladio B

In her March interview with this author, Edmonds said that the Pentagon operations with Islamists were an "extension" of an original 'Gladio' programme uncovered in the 1970s in Italy, part of an EU-wide NATO covert operation that began as early as the 1940s.

As Swiss historian Dr. Daniele Ganser records in his seminal book, NATO's Secret Armies, an official Italian parliamentary inquiry confirmed that British MI6 and the CIA had established a network of secret "stay-behind" paramilitary armies, staffed by fascist and Nazi collaborators. The covert armies carried out terrorist attacks throughout Western Europe, officially blamed on Communists in what Italian military intelligence called the 'strategy of tension'.

"You had to attack civilians, the people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from any political game" explained Gladio operative Vincenzo Vinciguerra during his trial in 1984. "The reason was quite simple. They were supposed to force these people... to turn to the State to ask for greater security."

While the reality of Gladio's existence in Europe is a matter of historical record, Edmonds contends the same strategy was adopted by the Pentagon in the 1990s in a new theatre of operations, namely, Asia. "Instead of using neo-Nazis, they used mujahideen working under various bin Ladens, as well as al-Zawahiri", she said.
The last publicly known Gladio meeting occurred in NATO's Allied Clandestine Committee (ACC) in Brussels in 1990. While Italy was a focal point for the older European operations, Edmonds said that Turkey and Azerbaijan served as the main conduits for a completely new, different set of operations in Asia using veterans of the anti-Soviet campaign in Afghanistan, the so-called "Afghan Arabs" that had been trained by al-Qaeda.

These new Pentagon-led operations were codenamed 'Gladio B' by FBI counterintelligence: "In 1997, NATO asked [Egyptian President] Hosni Mubarak to release from prison Islamist militants affiliated to Ayman al-Zawahiri [whose role in the assassination of Anwar Sadat led to Mubarak’s ascension]. They were flown under U.S. orders to Turkey for [training and use in] operations by the Pentagon", she said.
Edmonds' allegations find some independent corroboration in the public record. The Wall Street Journal refers to a nebulous agreement between Mubarak and "the operational wing of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, which was then headed by Ayman al-Zawahiri... Many of that group's fighters embraced a cease-fire with the government of former President Hosni Mubarak in 1997."

Youssef Bodansky, former Director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, cited U.S. intelligence sources in an article for Defense and Foreign Affairs: Strategic Policy, confirming "discussions between the Egyptian terrorist leader Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri and an Arab-American known to have been both an emissary of the CIA and the U.S. Government." He referred to an "offer" made to al-Zawahiri in November 1997 on behalf of U.S. intelligence, granting his Islamists a free hand in Egypt as long as they lent support to U.S. forces in the Balkans. In 1998, Al Zawahiri's brother, Muhammed, led an elite unit of the Kosovo Liberation Army against Serbs during the Kosovo conflict - he reportedly had direct contact with NATO leadership.

"This is why", Edmonds continued in her interview, "even though the FBI routinely monitored the communications of the diplomatic arms of all countries, only four countries were exempt from this protocol - the UK, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Belgium - the seat of NATO. No other country - not even allies like Israel or Saudi Arabia, were exempt. This is because these four countries were integral to the Pentagon's so-called Gladio B operations."

Edmonds did not speculate on the objectives of the Pentagon's 'Gladio B' operations, but she highlights the following as possibilities: projecting U.S. power in the former Soviet sphere of influence to access previously untapped strategic energy and mineral reserves for U.S. and European companies; pushing back Russian and Chinese power; and expanding the scope of lucrative criminal activities, particularly illegal arms and drugs trafficking.

Terrorism finance expert Loretta Napoleoni estimates the total value of this criminal economy to be about $1.5 trillion annually, the bulk of which "flows into Western economies, where it gets recycled in the U.S. and in Europe" as a "vital element of the cash flow of these economies."

It is no coincidence then that the opium trade, Edmonds told this author, has grown rapidly under the tutelage of NATO in Afghanistan: "I know for a fact that NATO planes routinely shipped heroin to Belgium, where they then made their way into Europe and to the UK. They also shipped heroin to distribution centres in Chicago and New Jersey. FBI counterintelligence and DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) operations had acquired evidence of this drug trafficking in its surveillance of a wide range of targets, including officials in the Pentagon, CIA and State Department. As part of this surveillance, the role of the Dickersons - with the support of Grossman - in facilitating drug-trafficking, came up. It was clear from this evidence that the whole funnel of drugs, money and terror in Central Asia was directed, before 9/11, by Grossman."

The evidence for this funnel, according to Edmonds, remains classified in the form of FBI counterintelligence surveillance records she was asked to translate. Although this alleged evidence has never made it to court due to the U.S. government's exertion of 'state secret privilege', she was able to testify in detail concerning her allegations against Grossman and others under oath in 2009. She also aired these allegations in an interview with former CIA official Philip Giraldi in American Conservative magazine the same year.


The Sunday Times investigation was to break much of the details into the open. "We'd spoken to several current and active Pentagon officials confirming the existence of U.S. operations sponsoring mujahideen networks in Central Asia from the 1990s to 2001," said one Times source. "Those mujahideen networks were intertwined with a whole range of criminal enterprises, including drugs and guns. The Pentagon officials corroborated Edmonds' allegations against Grossman, and I'd also interviewed an MI6 officer who confirmed that the U.S. was running these operations sponsoring mujahideen in that period."

But according to Edmonds, citing the investigative team at the paper, the last two articles in the series were spiked under U.S. State Department pressure. She recalled being told at the time by journalists leading the Times investigation that the newspaper's editor had decided to squash the story after receiving calls from officials at the U.S. embassy in London.

A journalist with the Sunday Times' investigative unit told this author he had interviewed former Special Agent in Charge, Dennis Saccher, who had moved to the FBI's Colorado office. Saccher reportedly confirmed the veracity of Edmonds' allegations of espionage, including the FBI's investigation of Grossman, telling him that Edmonds' story "should have been front page news" because it was "a scandal bigger than Watergate." The same journalist confirmed that after interviewing Saccher at his home, the newspaper was contacted by the U.S. State Department. "The U.S. embassy in London called the editor and tried to ward him off. We were told that we weren't permitted to approach Saccher or any other active FBI agents directly, but could only go through the FBI's press office - that if we tried to speak to Saccher or anyone else employed by the FBI directly, that would be illegal. Of course, it isn't, but that's what we were told. I think this was a veiled threat."

Saccher's comments to the journalist never made it to press.

A lead reporter on the series at the Times told this author that the investigation based on Edmonds' information was supposed to have four parts, but was inexplicably dropped. "The story was pulled half-way, suddenly, without any warning", the journalist said. "I wasn't party to the editorial decision to drop the story, but there was a belief in the office amongst several journalists who were part of the Insight investigative unit that the decision was made under pressure from the U.S. State Department, because the story might cause a diplomatic incident."

Although the journalist was unaware of where this belief came from - and was not informed of the U.S. embassy's contact with the paper's editor which the other journalist was privy to - he acknowledged that self-censorship influenced by unspecified "interest groups" was a possible explanation. "The way the story was dropped was unusual, but the belief amongst my colleagues this happened under political pressure is plausible." He cryptically described an "editorial mechanism, linked to the paper but not formally part of it, which could however exert control on stories when necessary, linked to certain interests." When asked which interests, the journalist said, "I can't say. I can't talk about that."

Edmonds described how due to the U.S. government's efforts to silence her, she had no option left except to write her story down. The resultant book, Classified Woman, had to be submitted to an FBI panel for review. By law, the bureau was required to make a decision on what could be disclosed or redacted within 30 days.

Instead, about a year later, Edmonds' lawyer received a letter from the FBI informing them that the agency was still reviewing the book, and prohibiting her from publishing it: "The matters Ms. Edmonds writes about involve many equities, some of which may implicate information that is classified... Approval of the manuscripts by the FBI will include incorporation of all changes required by the FBI. Until then, Ms. Edmonds does not have approval to publish her manuscripts which includes showing them to editors, literary agents, publishers, reviewers, or anyone else. At this point, Ms. Edmonds remains obligated not to disclose or publish the manuscript in any manner."

The block was another example, Edmonds said, "of the abuse of 'national security' to conceal evidence of criminality." She said that this forced her to release the book herself in March 2012, as no publisher would risk taking it on.

Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed is a bestselling author, investigative journalist and international security scholar who blogs at He writes for The Guardian on the geopolitics of environmental, energy and economic crises via his Earth Insight column. Sibel Edmonds memoirs, Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story, is available from all good online booksellers.

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Re: The Chechens' American friends Chechens & 9/11

Postby hiddenite » Tue May 28, 2013 7:25 pm

stillrobertpaulsen » 17 May 2013 01:28 wrote:Hey hiddenite! Do you have access to Part Two yet?!

"I Hope I Didn't Contribute To It" (Part II)

In last week’s issue, we published a piece by Mark Ames entitled "'I Hope I Didn't Contribute To It': Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's High School Mentor Works For The CIA. His Uncle-In-Law Did Too.". The mentor in the subtitle, Professor Brian Williams, was quick to respond, calling the piece “amusing, conspiracy-laden, totally fallacious”.

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My post just above is from Nafeez Ahmed's blog. He had just tweeted that he had an exclusive on Woolwich , which I put on that thread, but I wanted you to see this post of his from a few days back . There is something unravelling in relation to both Boston and Woolwich.
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Postby pianoblues » Fri May 31, 2013 3:12 pm

Tsarnaev Brothers and “Chechan terrorism” : Wayne Madsen reports

April 21-22, 2013 — Special Sunday-Monday Edition. Tsarnaev brothers tied to anti-Russian operations in Boston, Finland, UK, and Israel

The pre-Boston Marathon activities of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the two brothers accused of detonating two homemade pressure cooker bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, have been linked to anti-Russian operations with their bases in Boston, Finland, the United Kingdom, and Israel. Most of these operations, designed to overthrow the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin and establish a Salafist Islamic Emirate in the Russian Caucasus, including Chechnya and Dagestan, where the Tsarnaev family has family and residential roots, respectively, involve the activities of the Chechen “government-in-exile.”

U.S. law enforcement has linked the elder Tsarnaev, allegedly shot and mortally wounded by police after engaging them in a shootout on April 19, to electronic communication with the Caucasus Emirate of Doku Umarov, a Chechen guerrilla leader who has been responsible for a number of deadly terrorist bombings inside Russia.

From its creation in 2007 to 2011, the U.S. State Department did not list the Caucasus Emirate as a foreign terrorist organization. In the meantime, other exiled Chechen groups that were, at the very least, ambivalent to the terrorist activities of the Caucasus Emirate, received aid and assistance from various anti-Russian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and those within the U.S. State Department who handle political asylum requests. The Caucasus Emirate adheres to radical Salafist Islam and is believed to receive support from Saudi Arabia.

Specifically, U.S. law enforcement believes that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was communicating with the Kavkaz Center, a website based in Helsinki, Finland that has been criticized by Finnish Lutheran minister-turned-Russian Orthodox priest Juha Molari and Johan Backman of the Finnish-Caucasus Friendship Society of being a mouthpiece for Chechen extremists like Umarov and others. Backman told the Russian news network RT that Finland may have promoted terrorism by allowing the Kavkaz Center to freely operate in the country. Backman said he “told the Finnish public the truth about the activities of Doku Umarov in Finland because in Finland, the information channel of terrorists, the so-called Kavkaz Center has been operating for several years without any kind of reaction from the government or officials of Finland . . . Of course this raises questions about whether Finnish authorities and the government of Finland are promoting terrorism against Russia.”

International hedge fund mogul George Soros has an extensive political operation in Finland which he uses to destabilize Russia by promoting Russian opposition and separatist groups, including the Chechens. Soros has also been a major donor to President Barack Obama and other Democrats but also an investor in interests involving the Bush family, including The Carlyle Group. One Soros-influenced group in Finland may be Pro-Karelia, a Finnish nationalist organization that seeks to convert the Russian autonomous Republic of Karelia, formerly a part of Finland, to part of the Finnish nation and restore the pre-World War II Finno-Russian border.

In fact, during the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, the Kavkaz Center was quick to pick up on a WMR article that reported that, if elected, GOP candidate John McCain and his foreign policy adviser, the noted neo-conservative Randy Scheunemann, with the urging of the anti-Putin hedge fund tycoon and CIA-instructed George Soros, promised to not only recognize the independence of Chechnya but other Caucasus states, including Dagestan, which Umarov wants to see break away from Russia as part of the Caucasus Emirate.

The Kavkaz Center reported: “According to the American pro-Russian “dissidents” in the person of a journalist Wayne Madsen in the American edition of Online Journal [which republished the WMR article], a group of American neoconservatives, led by McCain foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann and George Soros, lobbying Washington’s recognition of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia as independent states in response to recognition of Russia the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.”

The Kavkaz Center was the first to publish manifestos by Umarov claiming responsibility for the terrorist bombings of the Nevsky Express train between Moscow and St.Petersburg and the Moscow Metro, and the attack on Moscow’s Domodedovo airport.

Suspiciously, the Kavkaz Center published a denial from the “Mujahideen of the Caucasus Emirate Province of Dagestan” on the Boston Marathon bombing, a denial that tried to lay blame for the attack on Moscow, a meme the neocon supporters of Chechnya in the United States can be expected to advance in the next weeks and months. The Kavkaz statement reads:

“After the events in Boston, the US, information has been distributed in the press saying that one of the Tsarnaev brothers spent 6 months in Dagestan in 2012. On this basis, there are speculative assumptions that he may have been associated with the Mujahideen of the Caucasus Emirate, in particular with the Mujahideen of Dagestan.

The Command of the Province of Dagestan indicates in this regard that the Caucasian Mujahideen are not fighting against the United States of America. We are at war with Russia, which is not only responsible for the occupation of the Caucasus, but also for heinous crimes against Muslims.

Also, remember that even in respect to the enemy state of Russia, which is fighting the Caucasus Emirate, there is an order by the Emir Dokku Umarov, which prohibits strikes on civilian targets.

In this regard, the Command of the Mujahideen of the Province of Dagestan urges the media, primarily the American, to halt speculations and promotion of Russian propaganda.

If the US government is really interested in establishing the true organizers of Boston bombings, and not in complicity with the Russian show, it should focus on the involvement of Russian security services in the events.”

Friends of McCain, the late Boris Berezovsky, Albright, and Soros planning terrorist operations against Russia. Have they now turned their sites on America as pro-Saudi Salafists take control of the Chechen exile movement under the watchful eye of Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar (“Bandar Bush”)? The culprits of the Boston attack are the same as those who were involved in 9/11 — the neocons and their loyalists inside the U.S. government.

One Chechen “government-in-exile” leader not only received financial backing from exiled Russian-Israeli tycoon Boris Berezovsky, who was found hanged in his home in Ascot, outside London on March 23 of this year, but was a good friend of Berezovsky. He is
Akhmed Zakayev, the exiled Chechen Republic’s “Prime Minister” who received asylum in the United Kingdom in 2003 and who is accused by Russian authorities of thirteen counts of murder and hostage-taking. Zakayev immediately accused Putin’s government of assassinating Berezovsky. The post mortem concluded that Berezovsky was hanged but with no evidence of violence at the time of his death, leading investigators to conclude that suicide was the likely cause of death. Berezovsky’s personal bodyguard was
Avi Navama, a former Mossad agent.

In fact, the Tsarnaev family appears to have been granted asylum at the same time a number of stateless “professional refugees” from Chechnya, including another Chechen separatist regime foreign minister, Ilyas Akhmadov, were receiving asylum in the West. The Tsarnaev brothers and their father, Anzon Tsarnaev, received official asylum in the United States in Arlington, Virginia in 2002 after arriving in the United States on tourist visas from the Republic of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia. Kyrgyzstan was held in high regard at the time because it had granted the Pentagon air base rights to the Manas airfield, near the capital of Bishkek, to fight the Taliban and “Al Qaeda” in Afghanistan.

In 2007, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received a green card, permanent residency status in the United States. Dzhokhar was sworn in as a U.S. citizen on September 11, 2012. His older brother, Tamerlan, was initially refused a green card and, according to Anzon, returned to Russia to renew his passport. Eventually, Tamerlan did obtain some sort of permanent residency status in the United States but his application for U.S. citizenship was turned down because of “red flags” either because of a domestic abuse issue with his wife or concerns raised by U.S. and/or Russian security agencies about his political ties. Anzor’s claim that Tamerlan returned to Russia to renew his passport contradicts claims that Tamerlan, in addition to his brother, were holders of Kyrgyzstan passports when they first applied for green card status in the United States. There is, of course, the possibility that Tamerlan could only renew his Kyrgyzstan passport at the Kyrgyz embassy in Moscow.

As with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department initially had problems with “Foreign Minister” Akhmadov’s political asylum request, first made in 2002, the same year the Tsarnaev’s arrived in America. After his request for political sylum was turned down, Akhmadov found himself with a huge array of political supporters urging Homeland Security to reconsider. They included McCain, Senator Edward Kennedy, former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Alexander Haig, former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, former CIA director James Woolsey, and former Defense Secretary and deputy CIA chief Frank Carlucci. A sympathetic article in The Washington Post — a features article, not an op-ed piece — on Akhmadov’s plight was published on March 20, 2005. The article was written by Matthew Brzezinski, the nephew of Zbigniew Brzezinski who was championing Akhmadov’s cause.

House Judiciary Committee chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and chairman of Judiciary Committee’s immigration, border security and claims subcommittee John Hostettler (R-IN) urged Attorney General John Ashcroft to review Akhmadov’s initial asylum in the United States because of information they had that indicated Akhmadov was linked to terrorism.

McCain has called for a military commission trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and a declaration that he is an “enemy combatant” undeserving of constitutional protections. A military commission trial would permit the government to suppress evidence that could tie individuals like McCain and other neocons to support for Chechen separatist terrorism.

One of the officials of the Chechen Republic independence government in Grozny was Vice Prime Minister Shamil Basayev, held responsible for the deadly terrorist attack on a school in Beslan, North Oseetia in September 2004. Basayev was killed in an explosion in Ingushetia in July 2006. Akhmadov was said to have been close to Basayev. In 1999, Basayev and Amir Khattab, a Saudi Salafist who ran “Al Qaeda’s” training camps in Afghanistan, attacked Dagestan, where Chechen terrorists had network of sympathizers.

Akhmadov and his supporters won the day when in April 2004 a U.S. Immigration Judge in Boston issued an order that granted Akhmadov political asylum in the United States. The U.S. government quickly dropped its asylum objection in August 2004 and political asylum was granted to Akhmadov the same month.

While awaiting an asylum decision, Akhmadov lived for a year in the Boston home of former U.S. News and World Report Moscow correspondent Nicholas Daniloff, who was arrested by the KGB as a CIA spy in 1986. Akhmadov later moved to Vermont. Akhmadov’s cause was also taken up by two leading neo-conservatives, Max Kampelman, aka Max Kampelmacher, chief U.S. arms negotiator under Ronald Reagan and, more importantly, at the time of his death on January 25, 2013, co-chair of the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya and board member of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA). Kampelman hired the high-priced New York law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson to represent Akhmadov. The “Shriver” in the law firm’s name is the late Sargent Shriver, who obviously prevailed on Senator Ted Kennedy, his brother-in-law, to support Akhmadov’s asylum cause.

In 2007, Umarov, himself, stated that the Chechen Republic leadership had been infiltrated by Zionist elements through their connections with Berezovsky.

It is noteworthy that Chechen Salafist guerrillas have fought against U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq and have been associated with Salafist guerrillas fighting against the Bashar al Assad government in Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry has approved $130 million in military assistance for the Syrian rebels and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is negotiating a $10 billion arms agreement with Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates. All three countries have covert connections with the Chechen Islamist guerrillas.

The CIA has long had a relationship with Chechnya’s independence movement. International “humanitarian” worker Fred Cuny, an ex-Marine and veteran of humanitarian operations in Biafra, Bosnia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Somalia, Croatia, Haiti, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Turkey, Albania, Kurdistan, Armenia, Zaire, Bangladesh, and Iraq and the founder of the Intertect Relief and Reconstruction Corporation (IRRC) of Dallas, Texas and the International Crisis Group, both suspected CIA fronts, disappeared in Chechnya in 1995 while working with Chechen separatist guerrillas fighting against Russian troops. IRRC eventually became Interworks, which is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin.

IRRC reportedly had Bosnia contracting connections with the Houston-based Halliburton Corporation and its then-subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root.

Cuny worked closely with operatives of Soros’s Open Society Institute in Sarajevo and Zagreb on Balkan matters. Provided with a $50 million budget by Soros, Cuny and the other Soros interlocutors, including noted neocon Morton Abramowitz; Aryeh Neier, the president of the Soros Foundation; Lionel Rosenblatt, President of the CIA-linked Refugees International; and the World Bank’s Mark Malloch Brown put the finishing touches on the final breakup of Yugoslavia.

Interest has been shown in the presence at the Boston Marathon of security personnel from the private security contractor Craft International, founded by the late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle. The personnel were seen wearing Craft’s signature garb and ball caps with the Craft skull logo, as well as carrying back packs and in one case, a remote control device that resembles a programmable detonator. On February 2, 2013, Kyle and his colleague were shot and killed by PTSD-afflicted veteran Eddie Ray Routh, who is being held in the Erath County, Texas jail on a $3 million bond. Craft International is headquartered in Dallas, which, like IRRC and its successor Interworks, is involved in “international humanitarian aid organization.”

Presence of van with foreign consular plates in New Bedford and Diplomatic Security Service in Watertown

Akhmadov has written at least two op-eds for The Boston Globe, one dated September 29, 2003 titled “Talk peace in Chechnya” and the other dated February 24, 2005 titled “Russia’s forgotten war.” NBC News anchorman Brian Williams noted the odd presence of a U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security agent in Watertown shortly after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was apprehended while hiding in a boat parked in a yard in the Boston suburb. On April 20, FBI and Department of Homeland Security agents arrested two men believed to be connected to the Tsarnaev brothers at the Hidden Brook apartments in New Bedford, Massachusetts, near the campus of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attended as a student. A minivan with foreign consular plates was present at the time of the arrests in New Bedford.

Earlier, two men said to be from Kazakhstan and the girlfriend of one of the men were arrested by the FBI at the same apartment complex. One of those arrested had a novelty license plate on his BMW that read: “Terrorista #1.” All those arrested were claimeed to have been UMass-Dartmouth friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. After the arrests of the two male Kazakhs and the female, the UK’s Daily Mail reported that two Russian-speaking men in their 20s, claiming to be reporters for The Boston Globe, entered the apartment of the Kazakhs through an unlocked patio door and claimed they were friends of the arrested residents. They said, “We are friends of theirs. They are talking, they are talking’ and closed the door. There was no firm denial from the Globe concerning the credentials of the two men who insisted that they were reporters for the newspaper. However, it is noteworthy that Akhmadov previously had a relationship with the paper as an op-ed writer.

There is another foreign government angle to the marathon bombing. Israel National Police Chief Yohanan Danino stated he was dispatching Israeli police officers and detectives to Boston to meet with FBI agents in the hours after the terrorist bombing. With an Arab connection to the bombings being ruled out, what connection does Israel have with the Chechen terrorists. WMR has described the close ties between Israel’s support community in the United States and elsewhere and exiled Chechen separatists associated with terrorism. Israeli police insisted the visit to Boston by the Israelis was planned before the April 15 bombing.

Ha’aretz reported that Ron Dermer, a foreign affairs adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and prospective Israeli ambassador to the United States, told a secret group of Jewish leaders in New York that the Boston marathon bombings would increase U.S. support for Israel. Netanyahu uttered the same comments on Fox News after the 9/11 attack saying the attack was “very good for Israel.”

It is now known that Russian law enforcement asked the FBI about Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s possible connections with terrorists before he made a trip to Russia in 2011. The FBI stated it had no information on Tsarnaev’s ties to radicals. The FBI is likely telling the truth about Tsarnaev’s ties to radicals. In fact, he had ties but to groups like the Chechen government-in-exile and allied Chechen guerrillas, which are partly based in Boston, and have been supported by the neocons like McCain and Woolsey, the CIA, and George Soros.

With those connections it is likely that there were shoot on sight orders issued for the Tsarnaev brothers by Langley to its friends in the Israeli, Boston, and Chicago police. One of the brothers is dead and the other is seriously wounded with reports that his throat injury may permanently disable his ability to talk. And an inability to “talk” is the next best thing other than death as far Langley is concerned.
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Re: The Chechens' American friends Chechens & 9/11

Postby seemslikeadream » Sun Jun 02, 2013 4:01 am

Rep. Keating: Russians Believe Boston Bombing Was Preventable
June 1, 2013 8:20 AM

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. William Keating said Russian intelligence officials believe the Boston Marathon bombings could have been avoided if federal authorities had acted on their warnings about bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

The Massachusetts Democrat was part of a congressional delegation that met Thursday with Russian security officials in Moscow. Keating told The Associated Press on Friday that Russian officials showed him a letter they sent to the FBI in March 2011, warning that Tsarnaev had plans to join insurgents in Chechnya.

Tsarnaev died following a shootout with police three days after the April 15 bombing. Authorities believe he carried out the attack with his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was captured alive and remains in custody.

Keating said the letter contained a lot of details about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, including his birthday, telephone number, cellphone number, where he lived in Cambridge and information about his wife and child. He said it also referenced the possibility that Tsarnaev might be considering changing names.

The Russians also had information about his mother, including her Skype address, Keating said.

Keating told the AP that the Russians believed Tsarnaev wanted to go to Palestine and engage in terrorist activities, but was unable to master the language.

“That was the level of detail they were providing in this letter,” Keating said.

Keating said the intelligence officials believed that if Russia and the U.S. had worked together more closely, the bombings might have been averted. He said a top Russian counterintelligence official told the delegation that “had we had the same level of communication as we do now, the Boston bombing may never have happened.”

FBI officials declined comment Friday.

After getting the March 2011 letter from the Russians, the agency did a cursory investigation and closed its assessment on Tsarnaev.

The April 15 Marathon explosions killed three people and injured more than 260.
Mazars and Deutsche Bank could have ended this nightmare before it started.
They could still get him out of office.
But instead, they want mass death.
Don’t forget that.
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Re: The Chechens' American friends Chechens & 9/11

Postby pianoblues » Sun Jun 02, 2013 7:56 am

— U.S. Rep. William Keating said Russian intelligence officials believe the Boston Marathon bombings could have been avoided if federal authorities had acted on their warnings about bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

What's curious to me is that the Russians themselves, despite their notoriously tight security at airport entries, watch lists and warnings, saw to it to allow T.Tsarnaev into their own country twice in recent years. They warn both the FBI and CIA but ignore their own warnings? Why?
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