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YYY: Waging War Against the Ghost of Osama Bin Laden – Part 2

Waging War Against the Ghost of Osama Bin Laden – Part 2

 Victoria Street Newz (Canada) 20 May 2019

(Originally published: 01/2010) “Is the United States continuing to wage an international “war on terrorism” ostensibly aimed mainly at killing or capturing Osama bin Laden even though it knows full well bin Laden died more than eight years ago?” asks Gordon Pollard for Victoria Street Newz, Canada. In the second part of his investigation, Pollard delves deeper into the conspiracy theory surrounding bin Laden’s whereabouts, and explains why he believes that the al Qaeda leader is dead.  - By Gordon Pollard

Victoria Street Newz (Canada) -  Is the United States continuing to wage an international "war on terrorism" ostensibly aimed mainly at killing or capturing Osama bin Laden even though it knows full well bin Laden died more than eight years ago?


In the January edition of Street Newz we began examining that question, raised by American author David Ray Griffin in his fascinating new book Osama bin Laden: Dead or Alive?,  We looked at the compelling evidence indicating bin Laden died of kidney failure on December 13th or 14th, 2001, and was buried at Tora Bora in south-eastern Afghanistan.


We also saw how the al Qaeda leader has been "kept alive" over the past eight years by the United States and Britain who needed bin Laden as  "bogeyman" to bolster public support for their wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and also by al Qaeda who needed bin Laden as "a superstar" to attract new recruits to their organization.


We ended last month's instalment by looking at some of the disturbing parallels between today's controversy over 9/11 and Osama bin Laden and the controversy 46 years ago about the assassination of President John Kennedy.  We noted not much seems to have changed in almost half a century:  we were told a pack of lies about Kennedy's murder and we are being told another pack of lies about Osama bin Laden and the 9/11 "attacks."


As Griffin notes in his book, however, one thing that has changed is the fact that video and audio technology has improved by leaps and bounds and has now reached the point where it is possible to produce highly sophisticated fake documents using digital audio and video morphing.


According to Sean Broughton, director of the London-based production company "Smoke and Mirrors" and one of Britain's leading experts on visual effects:  "It would be relatively easy for a skilled professional to fake a video of Osama bin Laden."  And John Henry Hingson, former president of the U.S. National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers, notes:  "In this day and age of digital wizardry, many things can be done to alter the veracity of audio tapes and video tapes."


As might be expected with all of this dazzling technology, a number of the voice-from-the-grave "bin Laden" tapes over the past eight years have been quite sophisticated productions.  But what is most amazing is that several of them - such as the "Jalalabad tape" that we looked at in detail in our January edition - have been such obvious fakes they wouldn't fool anyone beyond the age of five or six.

Another of the most laughably unconvincing "bin Laden tapes" was the so-called "October surprise video" aired by Al-Jazeera television in Qatar on October 29th, 2004 - just four days before the U.S. presidential election.  The timing alone more or less gave the game away since the dire warnings "bin Laden" made in the tape were obviously intended to scare U.S. voters and thereby help George Bush win re-election.


But what was most bizarre about this tape was that the "bin Laden" figure looked even younger and healthier than the "bin Laden" figure had looked in the 2001 video.  Although practically all of the U.S. media - and most of the Canadian media as well - accepted this tape as genuine, it was largely rejected and even ridiculed in much of the rest of the world.


In India, for example, a former high-level government official, Bahukutumbi Raman, asked: "How come Osama bin Laden seems to be growing younger and healthier all the time, when, like all human beings, he should be growing older and weaker, particularly when he is being relentlessly hunted, or so we are told, day in and day out by George Bush?" Raman wryly noted that the "bin Laden" in the video seemed to have found some magic elixir of youth and suggested he could probably make a fortune if he got out of the al Qaeda business and into the health-consulting business.


One other aspect of the tape that was curious, to say the least, was the fact that even though "bin Laden" said he intended his speech as "a direct address to the American people," he didn't speak a single word of English.  According to a number of people who had met and talked with bin Laden (such as British journalist Edward Girarder and General Hamid Gul, the former head of Pakistani intelligence), the al Qaeda leader spoke impeccable English, so if the real bin Laden had been making a direct address to the American people, he would almost certainly have spoken in English.


Quite apart from all the hocus-pocus with the tapes, the "official story" about Osama bin Laden and 9/11 makes no sense in terms of simple logic.  As Amir Taheri, a Paris-based journalist who followed all the twists and turns of bin Laden's career for decades, notes, the al Qaeda leader was nothing if not savvy.  Having publicly sworn in the name of Islam that he "had no knowledge of the 9/11 attacks," as bin Laden did on September 28th, 2001, he would never have then contradicted himself by making a series of taped messages claiming responsibility for 9/11.


Moreover, Taheri points out that bin Laden "had an ego the size of Mount Everest" and had never been shy about claiming responsibility even for events in which al Qaeda's involvement had been peripheral at best.  Had bin Laden really master-minded the 9/11 "attacks" he certainly wouldn't have tried to hide that fact.  On the contrary, he would have proclaimed the "attacks" a "great triumph for al Qaeda" and trumpeted to the heavens his role in orchestrating them.


One of the reasons why the Osama bin Laden saga is so fascinating is that it demonstrates what a tangled web of lies, deceptions and manipulations international politics can be.  All of the major players on the world stage know that just as surely as the bird in the famous Monty Python skit was "an ex-parrot," so bin Laden is an ex-al Qaeda leader.  But hardly anyone dares to even whisper that publicly.  The lying has now gone on for so long that everyone feels overwhelming pressure to continue with the charade.


When President Obama, for example, is asked what he thinks is the best way to find Osama bin Laden, he obviously isn't going to reply: "I suggest you grab a shovel and start digging in the ground around Tora Bora.  Any bones you come across will quite likely be those of old Osama."


Obama - and, indeed, the al Qaeda and Taliban leaders as well - stick strictly to the "official script."  They all believe it is in their best interest to keep the long-dead bin Laden "alive," at least for the foreseeable future.


I suppose the production of all the bogus "Osama bin Laden" tapes does have at least one upside.  It provides potential employment opportunities for those who think they would make credible bin Laden imposters.  And these jobs would likely be long-term since U.S. intelligence officials will no doubt keep churning out these fake tapes for years to come.


Indeed, 2010 promises to be a boom year for the phoney-evidence producing business since the U.S. authorities have announced that some of the so-called "terrorist suspects" held at the notorious Guantanamo Bay detention camp are going to be put on trial in New York City.


Instead of acknowledging that the Kean-Zelikow Commission Report on 9/11 was a fraud and holding a new, honest public inquiry into what really happened on 9/11, the authorities are apparently going to stage a series of carefully-controlled diversionary "show trials" complete with "confessions" extracted under torture.


For example, the detainee whom the corporate media are trying to "sell" to the public as "one of the master-minds of 9/11," a strange and seemingly quite delusional fellow named Kahlid Shaikh Muhammad, has been subjected to such brutal torture - including 183 "water-boarding" sessions - that he would probably have "confessed" to being a Martian or a Venetian if his interrogators had so demanded.


One can only wonder how many times Chief Justice John Marshall must be flipping over in his grave at the thought of how the once proud and revered judicial process which he helped develop and which he considered a model for all of humanity has now been reduced to this kind of grotesque farce.

In any case, Osama bin Laden: Dead or Alive? is another fine addition to the collection of more than 30 books which David Ray Griffin has written on a variety of topics, and it is a must-read for anyone trying to keep track of all the byzantine geo-political shenanigans of our time.

<i>Gordon Pollard, who is a native of Victoria, has a MA in History from Columbia University in New York City and a BA in History and English from the University of Victoria.  After working for 10 years as a journalist in B.C., Alberta, and Ontario, Gordon spent 20 years teaching English and History in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka.</i>

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