Terror Factory: To Nurture a Terrorist, To Nullify & To Frighten.

The drama faithfully followed the script. A 29 year old Moroccan man, Amine El Khalifi, had gained entry into the Colonial parking garage near the Capitol in Washington DC on 17th February 2012. He wanted to kill the security officer at US Capitol with an automatic weapon (just handed over to him by an *Al Qaeda member*) and then blow himself up along with as many others as possible by detonating a bomb-laden vest. He desired martyrdom in the cause of Islam in this life and probably 72 Houris of Jannah in life after.  USofA was once again under terror attack from *bloodthirsty Islamists*. Mercifully, the *plot* failed: <<But there was a problem: The explosives were inert, the gun inoperable and the supposed al-Qaida member was actually an undercover officer, according to court documents>>. It was a plot hatched neither by Khalifi nor by Al Qaeda. It was entirely scripted by US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), right from supplying the supporting cast and the dummy materials. Only Amine El Khalifi was for real, rest was all make believe. The AP report continues: <<An FBI affidavit traces the evolution of the plot from a vague plan to prepare for (?, sic, OR against) the “war on Muslims” to more clearly articulated visions of attacking a restaurant and synagogue to, finally, a goal of obliterating the seat of American government>>. Most of the news reports loyally suggest that <<Amine El Khalifi planned this and other attacks over several months, and that he was only captured after a carefully planned investigation was carried out by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force >>. Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Lisa Monaco, commented thus on the case: <<Today’s case underscores the continuing threat we face from homegrown violent extremists. Thanks to a coordinated law enforcement effort, El Khalifi’s alleged plot was thwarted before anyone was harmed >>. The sophistry clearly aims to portray that there was a real terrorist, a dreaded terror plot, and actual terror-materials at hand to realize intent. The reality was altogether different as Ryan Dube, Editor in Chief of Top Secret Writers, digs out:

FBI has taken to its redefined counter terrorism role rather avidly and has developed it into a sublime art form that would be envy of intelligence agencies the world over. Was this a one off effort? Far from it! In 2011 alone it lists some 10 incidences on its web site, the most high profile being the foiling of the murder bid by *Iran of Saudi Ambassador to USofA* on US soil. The plot to assassinate Adel Al-Jubeir has the same DNA fingerprint in the *amended criminal complaint* as the latest script that El Khalifi acted out: <<Although the legal document, called an amended criminal complaint, implicates Iranian-American Manssor Arbabsiar and his cousin Ali Gholam Shakuri, an officer in the Iranian Quds Force, in a plan to assassinate Saudi Arabian Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir, it also suggests that the idea originated with and was strongly pushed by a undercover DEA informant, at the direction of the FBI>>. Like the other informant & operative, David Headley Coleman, this unnamed informant too is involved with both DEA & FBI: <<If CIA could ferret out most guarded asset of ISI –Osama Bin Laden-, then is it too much to ask how CIA missed out on the 26/11 terror plot hatched jointly by ISI, its close ally, and LeT in which even its own operative, David Headley, actively participated?>>

Someone may think that may be such aberrations are unique to the year just bygone.  Considering the mainstream media’s *news-nuggets* that daftly repeat fairytales put out by a FBI or a National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) & by which one’s opinion hangs, such inference will have to be excused. But this is an old story. Petra Bartosiewicz of Harper Magazine reports on the briefing she attended that FBI had arranged in 2008 to douse the furor caused by the arrest of Yassin Aref & Mohammed Hossain in what came to be known as *Albany Missile Plot*.  Both Muslims and non-Muslims of Albany were outraged because two well-known members of the community were arrested, <<men with no prior criminal record and no history of violence>>. Again, the *Albany Missile Plot* had been a FBI sponsored *sting operation* <<wherein the FBI concocted the assassination plan and furnished the weapon. Though much of the evidence against the two men remained classified, it was unclear that either man even knew he was involved in a terrorist plot>>. Tim Coll who briefed on behalf of FBI described how the *investigation was built* right after 9/11. A FBI Informant in the guise of a wealthy Pakistani businessman befriended Hossain, a pizzeria owner, and offered him a loan of USD 50,000 to shore up the latter’s struggling business. Few months later, <<pulling back a tarp in his stockroom to reveal a shoulder-launched surface-to-air missile, the informant told Hossain, “I also do this business for my Muslim brothers>>. Prosecutors on behalf of FBI argued a *rock solid case* which the court accepted by handing out a sentence of 15 years in federal prison: *By failing to adduce that the money he received as a loan may have come from the sale of illegal weapons –such as the  missile he was shown-  Hossain willfully laundered the terrorism-money*. Aref never the saw the weapon but was present during the exchange of money between informant and Hossain, when an *object, not unlike a staple gun,* which FBI claimed was missile’s trigger system, was present on the table. The *object and *exchanges* were caught on surveillance cameras that were pressed into service by FBI and used as evidence during the trial. Petra concludes, <<At the time of Aref and Hossain’s arrest, U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Comey admitted it was “not the case of the century.” Nevertheless, the Albany missile plot became one of the government’s more lauded victories in the fight against domestic terrorism—even though, by the government’s own acknowledgment, it involved no terrorists, no terrorism plot, and a missile provided by the FBI. When asked at a press conference following the sentencing whether there was anything connecting the defendants, particularly Aref, to terrorism, the prosecuting attorney answered, “Well, we didn’t have the evidence of that, but he had the ideology”>>. This attitude is best summed up in <<To fear and dehumanize alien Others, to ruthlessly hunt them down, is truly American.—Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, This Violent Empire>>. If this sounds preposterous, then read this account, The FBI Successfully Thwarts its own Terrorist Plot, by Glenn Greenwald: <<The FBI is obviously quite pleased with itself over its arrest of a 19-year-old Somali-American, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, who — with months of encouragement, support and money from the FBI’s own undercover agents — allegedly attempted to detonate a bomb at a crowded Christmas event in Portland, Oregon>>.

It is not just Muslims who are fair game, even non-Muslim Blacks, Latinos or others would do. This is how David Williams, a black youth, ended up with 25 years prison term when convicted of Islamic Terrorist plot. Guardian article calls it, Fake Terror Plots, Paid Informants: the tactics of FBI ‘entrapment’ questioned:<< In May, 2009, David Williams was arrested again and hit with a 25-year jail sentence. But it was not for drugs offences. Or any other common crime. Instead Williams and three other struggling local men beset by drug, criminal and mental health issues were convicted of an Islamic terrorist plot to blow up Jewish synagogues and shoot down military jets with missiles. Even more shocking was that the organisation, money, weapons and motivation for this plot did not come from real Islamic terrorists. It came from the FBI, and an informant paid to pose as a terrorist mastermind paying big bucks for help in carrying out an attack>>. It is said that man is known by the company he keeps. If this dictum were to apply to FBI, then it would cut a very sorry figure: <<FBI is not choosy about the people it uses. Some have criminal records, including attempted murder or drug dealing or fraud. They are often paid six-figure sums, which critics say creates a motivation to entrap targets. Some are motivated by the promise of debts forgiven or immigration violations wiped clean>>. Now, this is a mighty motivation for a potential informant to do FBI’s bidding no matter what lengths he is asked traverse. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) whose evocative motto says, Because Freedom Can’t Protect Itself, has been at the forefront of the struggle to change FBI tactics. In the October of 2011, ACLU wrote a letter to the US Attorney General, Eric Holder, <<the documents show that the FBI is targeting Americans ”based upon their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion and political activities protected under the First Amendment,” and called for the Justice Department to tighten FBI restrictions. Current FBI guidelines prohibit the use of race or ethnicity unless describing a specific suspect, but there is a broad exemption for issues of national security and border integrity operations. The ACLU’s letter calls for the attorney general to rescind that exemption, and to add religion and national origin to barred profiling criteria>>.

Since 9/11 US federal government prosecuted more than 500 people for plotting terrorist acts. Of these Mother Jones Magazine reviewed 400 cases of terrorism defendants designated so by Department of Justice (DOJ) and another 108 cases classified by DOJ as international terrorism cases. The entire searchable database of these 508 cases has been made available by Mother Jones (MJ) here. MJ has created powerful graphics (see below) to make it easy to visualize its review

What could be the purpose behind these bizarre dramas enacted by FBI? What motives does FBI or DOJ have? The answers are actually quite simple. Post 9/11 enormous amount US tax and Fiat (paper) dollars have gone into the war on terror fought on alien soils and in creating huge infrastructure for securing USofA on its own soil. So much so that this *mindboggling investment* has brought the US and world economy to its knees. Ordinary US citizen is worse off both economically and politically than she was a decade or two or three decades ago. FBI or DOJ or NCTC or TSA (Transportation Security Administartion) etc. not only need to justify this enormous expenditure on infrastructure and personnel, but the shrinking of basic freedoms or privacy too, and the increasingly intrusive searches which cause them. Unless the terrorism pot is kept on the boil, the citizens would get nasty ideas to ask too many inconvenient questions and to demand accountability. The episodic busting of terror plots from time to time serves well to keep that pot on perpetual boil. More than 30 years back an astute teacher and practicing Human Resources manager had told, *An effective HRD manager must create trouble and then shoot it, if he is to remain relevant*. US security establishment has taken that lesson to heart. But clearly there has to be a larger agenda beyond mere self-justification for this to go unquestioned by the US administration and Congress.  That is where the use of FEAR -fear of an Evil Bogeyman whose shadow lurks just outside one’s vision- as an effective tool, in fact the only tool, to manage and control the behavior of a *democratic society* and to guide it in desired direction, becomes indispensable. That is why all of the *terror policies, legislation, & infrastructure* that was forged by Bush’s Republican presidency have survived & flourished under the Democratic presidency of *Yes, We can* Obama.

US elite has pretty much clear idea that available resources on Earth cannot support rising aspirations elsewhere to reach the profligacy of the standard of living in Europe or USofA. This awareness is not new. Way back in 1974, National Security Study Memo 200, was exercised over the growing population and *falling food supplies*. It discussed ways available to USofA whose national security the report held would be compromised unless it vigorously pushed for limiting population of the poor. It gave rise to much cited quote attributed to Henry Kissinger, <<Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people; control money and you control the world>>. It is really immaterial if Kissinger really said it or not, or put it exactly as cited; its truth has been borne out by the events of past three decades. The world trade in grains today is controlled by just 6 transnational corporations, in seeds by 5, and the genetically engineered seeds control is led by Monsanto, who through *Terminator Seed technology* aims to snatch the ^reproductive germplasm^  away from the farmers in perpetuity in the guise of intellectual property rights. With time this realization about the natural limits on resource availability has only grown acute with the world elite. It means natural resources would have to be denied to others if US is to enjoy them that much more or longer. Such scenario is fraught with retaliation from a Russian or a Chinese State in a desperate bid to survive, something even the greatest super power on Earth cannot risk. On the other hand, the state of ^Controlled Chaos^, that is a state of permanent instability and confusion but supervised over by USofA in alien sovereign nations, especially those rich in resources, would serve the purpose better by *denying resources seemingly to everyone*. If this sounds farfetched, then one has to only look at West Asia. Military intervention was a no, no for Syria like it was for Libya initially. Slowly the geo-political momentum is being pushed in the direction where bloody armed onslaught on Assad’s regime & Syria would be made to look like a great humanistic mission of compassion. If a Tony Blair played the poodle to Bush in case of Afghanistan & Iraq, we have Sarkozy to do the honours for Obama in case of Syria as he did for Libya: <<That’s enough now,” Sarkozy said. “This regime must go and there is no reason that Syrians don’t have the right to live their lives and choose their destiny freely. If journalists were not there, the massacres would be a lot worse…. The United States, which so far has been against military intervention in Syria, hinted however that if a political solution was impossible it might have to consider other options>>. Iran in any case is never far away from the crosshairs. The idea of Israel having to attack Iran with at least 100 planes is toyed chillingly as if one is talking of nothing more than some strategy of a team in an upcoming NBA sporting event. The cunningly simple stratagem is to discuss *nation-destruction projects* so openly & casually, and more over blandly, that they sound perfectly normal and ordinary. In times of mass FEAR, WAR looks ORDINARY, almost DESIRABLE.

Lessons for India and rest of the world are plenty. A striking one is that cozying up to US Administration may serve Indian elite in the short run, but would turn into an unmitigated disaster very shortly thereafter for everyone.  Indians must engage with other world citizens, but especially those from the USofA. Because it is only with them engaging their government in concert with the rest, who will engage their own respective governments, can this nightmare be avoided.


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