Al-Qaeda’s Suspect Humanitarianism

Is bin Laden’s concern for flood victims a ruse to destabilise Pakistan?

We seek him here, we seek him there,

Those Yankees seek him everywhere.

Is he in heaven?—Is he in hell?

That damned, elusive bin Laden

If we are to believe the Associated Press, that damned elusive Osama bin Laden has spoken again.

According to the world’s oldest and largest newsgathering organization, the fugitive al-Qaeda leader, who some intelligence experts believe has been dead since December 2001, has just released an audiotape in which he calls for the creation of a new relief body to help Muslims affected by this summer’s devastating floods in Pakistan. Bin Laden, AP suggests, is “seeking to exploit discontent … by depicting the region’s governments as uncaring.”

Seemingly unfazed by news of the CIA’s 3,000-strong Counterterrorism Pursuit Teams hot on its trail, al-Qaeda has, in recent weeks, according to the AP report, put out three messages, including the one featuring bin Laden, concerning the massive floods that affected around 20 million people in Pakistan, “signaling a concentrated campaign by the terror group to tap into anger over the flooding to rally support.”

AP’s sole source for the 11-minute tape, with the oddly contemplative title “Reflections on the Method of Relief Work,” is SITE Intelligence Group. The U.S.-based group, which purportedly “monitors jihadi forums,” provided AP with a copy of the message that it claims was posted on unnamed “Islamic militant websites.”

There are questions, however, about whether SITE Intelligence is the most objective source of information about terrorism.

SITE co-founder Rita Katz, an Israeli Defense Forces veteran, is an Iraqi-born Jew, whose father was publicly hanged in Iraq after the 1967 Six-Day War as an Israeli spy. Considering Tel Aviv’s obvious interest in having the world’s only superpower fight a “global war on terror” against the Jewish state’s Muslim neighbours, it somehow never occurred to Associated Press, or other mainstream media outlets, to ask the question, Like father, like daughter?

Moreover, there are reasonable grounds for suspicion about al-Qaeda’s other pronouncements on the floods in Pakistan.

In a recent video, presumably also found online by Rita Katz’s SITE, al-Qaeda’s California-born spokesman, Adam Gadahn, castigated Islamabad for its “sluggish and halfhearted” response to the floods, and called on Muslims in Pakistan to join the Islamist militants fighting the government.

Gadahn, who has since 2001 run al-Qaeda’s media wing, As-Sahab, found his way to the Islamic Society of Orange County while living with his grandfather, Carl Pearlman, a board member of the Anti-Defamation League. Ostensibly a civil rights organization set up to fight anti-Semitism, the ADL is a de facto adjunct of the Israeli government which, significantly, has been caught spying on American critics of Israel. Like grandpa, like grandson?

In a previous video, Ayman al-Zawahiri, said to be al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, also incited Pakistanis to rise up against their government due to its “failure” to provide relief to flood victims.

But when Neal Krawetz, a researcher and computer security consultant, analysed a 2006 video of al-Zawahiri for alterations and enhancements, he discovered that the logos of As-Sahab and IntelCenter (the other group supposedly tracking terrorists online) had been added at the same time.

IntelCenter is run by Ben Venzke, former director of intelligence at iDefense, a VeriSign company. VeriSign is a partner of Verint, formerly known as Comverse Infosys, which was founded by former Israeli intelligence officer Jacob “Kobi” Alexander. In 2006, Alexander fled to Namibia after the U.S. Department of Justice indicted him on multiple counts of fraud. Comverse/Verint, one of a number of Israeli eavesdropping and surveillance companies created by veterans of Unit 8200, the technology intel unit of the Israeli Defense Forces Intelligence Corps, has been widely suspected of spying on Americans.

If, as seems likely, the al-Qaeda messages concerning this summer’s floods in Pakistan are fakes, they would seem to provide further evidence of an Israeli-inspired campaign to destabilise the world’s only Islamic nuclear power.

The question then becomes, what, if anything, Islamabad will do to counter such efforts before it too goes the way of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Maidhc Ó Cathail writes extensively on U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East. Read other articles by Maidhc, or visit Maidhc's website.

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  1. mary said on October 7th, 2010 at 8:49am #

    Well researched Maidhc. You have discovered all the slimy things under the stones. The connection and allegiance to Israel is no surprise.

  2. hayate said on October 7th, 2010 at 10:36am #

    The ziofascists are STILL using “site” to distribute their fake al ciada tapes. That is amazing. They were outed many years ago as a mossad fraud. That’s very, very unprofessional spook behaviour. It also shows how much the corporate media is in the same goat pen as mossad, since there is no way the zionists running that media could not know what a total fraud “site” is after all this time.

    The whole bloody lot deserve the fate of lord ha ha, for the very same reasons he got it.

  3. kalidas said on October 7th, 2010 at 2:52pm #

    So true, hayate.

    If the bad guys can easily deliver a video tape to Rita, they might just as easily (and a lot more fun) deliver a skunk. (wink wink)

  4. hayate said on October 7th, 2010 at 6:42pm #

    Cheers kalidas

    But a roadkill skunk – otherwise it would be extremely cruel to the skunk. ;D

  5. Mulga Mumblebrain said on October 8th, 2010 at 4:24am #

    It’s the Zionist Plan for the Middle East, of Oded Yinon, which encapsulated Zionazi thinking from the days of Herzl. When they say that Eretz Yisreal will extend ‘from the Nile to the Euphrates’, and other even more deranged ‘religious’ zealots also claim Arabia, people had better take them seriously. A cult that sees the rest of humanity as having souls closer to those of animals than of the Herrenvolk, that sees killing civilians including children, not just as admissable but as a religious duty, is a grave threat to the world. Where that cult also possesses thermonuclear, bacteriological and chemical weapons in abundance, and desecrates international humanitarian law every day of its pernicious existence, the threat only grows.
    But when this cult also completely controls the West, its political, business, financial and media elites in particular, and gets them to do its dirty work in the most craven fashion, the threat is unprecedented. That the same media, acting with characteristically shameful moral insanity, paints this terror state as a moral paragon, and its victims as evil insects, simply adds a touch of diabolical farce to the whole situation.
    I have been convinced for years that the Zionazi elect are so deranged and so evil that they wish to cause a religious war between the West and Islam. I still believe that to be the case, mere racist hatred not being sufficient,in my opinion, to explain their murderousness, viciousness and sheer duplicity. I now expect that calamity to coincide with global ecological collapse, resource depletion and economic collapse, only guaranteeing that the Christian Zionists will get their ‘Apocalypse’ after all. I hope that they enjoy it.

  6. mary said on October 8th, 2010 at 5:42am #

    An important post from MediaLens

    You read it here first: Barack Obama accused of exaggerating terror threat for political gain

    Justifying murder by drones: Anatomy of a liberal propaganda article here

    • Pakistani diplomat launches scathing attack on White House
    • European intelligence claims raised terror alerts ‘nonsensical’

    * Simon Tisdall and Richard Norton-Taylor
    *, Thursday 7 October 2010 17.32 BST

    Barack Obama accused of exaggerating terror threat for political gain

    A US terror alert issued this week about al-Qaida plots to attack targets in western Europe was politically motivated and not based on credible new information, senior Pakistani diplomats and European intelligence officials have told the Guardian.

  7. argonium79 said on October 14th, 2010 at 8:34am #

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