Patsies take heed. The U.S. government will kill you. That’s what the Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair told a House intelligence committee yesterday. The Department of Defense will “follow a set of defined policy and legal procedures that are very carefully observed” in the use of lethal force against U.S. citizens who make the mistake of joining organizations created by the CIA and the Mossad.
The CIA created al-Qaeda from scratch in Afghanistan. Hamas was created by Mossad in order to undermine the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Both countries have long and sordid histories of creating terrorist organizations for political purposes.
CIA Director Leon Panetta, appearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said the groups threatening the homeland include al-Qaeda and Hamas.
“As the United States steps up its campaign against suspected terrorists overseas, it has become more apparent that some extremists may be U.S. citizens,” reports the CIA’s favorite newspaper, The Washington Post.
“I just don’t want Americans who are watching this to think that we are careless about endangering — in fact, we’re not careless about endangering American lives as we try to carry out the policies to protect most of the country,” said Blair.
One such suspected terrorist is the former imam Anwar al-Aulaqi, who was born in in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and is said to now reside in Yemen. According to the government and the corporate media, the accused Fort Hood shooter, Nidal Malik Hasan, and the pathetic Christmas day non-bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab are closely connected to al-Aulaqi.
Mr. al-Aulaqi is apparently the sort of Muslim favored by intelligence services. Like Mohammed Atta and the supposed 9/11 hijackers who were trained on U.S. military bases, al-Aulaqi has a taste for prostitutes. He was arrested in San Diego in August 1996 and in April 1997 for whore mongering. The FBI insists he had a close relationship with the accused hijackers Nawaf Al-Hazmi and Khalid Almihdhar. Both were recruited by NATO and the U.S. to fight in Bosnia.
It is said al-Aulaqi acts as the senior talent recruiter and motivator “for al-Qaeda and all of its franchises” and the spiritual leader of the supposed 9/11 hijackers. Shortly after 9/11, the FBI suspected that he had connections to the 9/11 plot. They interviewed him repeatedly but were unable to find enough evidence to charge him and they could not deport him because of his U.S. citizenship. The alleged al-Qaeda talent recruiter skipped the country in March of 2002 after the government contemplated jailing him on an obscure law against transporting prostitutes across state lines.
The following October, al-Aulaqi made a surprise return to the United States. He was detained by Custom agents because his name was on a terror watch list. Customs agents notified the FBI, but they were told that his name was taken off the watch list just the day before (one of a long list of coincidences related to 9/11). He was released after only three hours. In addition, al-Aulaqi was the subject of an active Customs investigation into money laundering called Operation Greenquest. He was not arrested for this either. Custom agents would later accuse the FBI of sabotaging Operation Greenquest.
It looks like al-Aulaqi set up another Muslim for a fall. He visited the Fairfax, Virginia, home of Ali al Timimi, the leader of a nearby Islamic center. According to a later court filing, Aulaqi attempted to get al Timimi to discuss the recruitment of young Muslims but al Timimi did not show an interest. The hapless Islamic leader would later be sentenced to life in prison in the U.S. for inciting young Muslims to fight in Afghanistan shortly after 9/11 (behavior encouraged and handsomely rewarded by the CIA before “everything changed” on September 11, 2001).
Anwar al-Aulaqi managed to elude the FBI and escape the country. “We don’t know how he got out,” the FBI explained. The FBI later admitted they were “very interested” in al-Aulaqi and yet failed to stop him from leaving the country.
Obviously, the FBI and the CIA considered al-Aulaqi an important asset and that is why he was allowed to enter and exit the country without fear of arrest. His ultimate destiny is to be an expendable patsy who will be taken out by a Predator drone (along with a dozen or so innocent Yemenis).
Blair’s announcement is nothing new. In 2002, the CIA took out American citizen Kamal Derwish in Yemen one day before the election in the United States. A former high-level intelligence officer complained that then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld wanted “to take guys out for political effect.” The neocons claimed Derwish was the leader of a group of pathetic “sleeper cell” patsies in Lackawanna, New York.
The same “political effect” is in operation now as Blair and CIA director Leon Panetta hype up the threat of a new wave of manufactured terrorism. The CIA has murdered people in distant lands for more than fifty years, including American citizens, so all of this is nothing new.
Blair’s comments merely inform us that the Obama administration is indistinguishable from the Bush administration and its gaggle of murderous neocons. Nothing has changed except the faces in the rogues’ gallery.
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