Wednesday, August 27, 2008
THE FT - FINANCIAL TIMES OR FASCIST TIMES?
James Petras, at Axis of Logic, 26 August 2008, wrote "The Financial Times and the "Self-Confessed Mastermind of 9/11" �
Petras refers to a "new wave of imperial aggression and bellicose rhetoric" that" is meant to deflect domestic discontent and distract public opinion from the deepening economic crises."
Petras points to an article on 9 11 at the The Financial Times (FT) (The face of 9/11 - 16 August 2008) and suggests that the FT "has yielded to the totalitarian-militarist temptation."
The face of 9/11, written by Demetri Sevastopulo, "embraces the forced confession of a 9/11 suspect elicited through 5 years of hideous torture in the confines of secret prisons."
The face of 9 11 is Khaled Sheikh Mohammed.
(It is not clear if the 'Khaled Sheikh Mohammed' held by the CIA is the real Khaled Sheikh Mohammed.)
Petras sees the FT as "being a propaganda vehicle for a CIA program to discredit the suspect while he stands trial based on confessions obtained through torture."
Petras notes that "from beginning to end, the article categorically states that the principle defendant, Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, is the 'self-confessed mastermind of the September 11 attacks on the US.'"
The FT’s principle source of information is an anonymous informant "familiar with the CIA interrogation program."
According to Petras, the CIA’s only real evidence was extracted by torture.
Khaled repeatedly denied the accusations and that he only confessed after 5 years of torture.
Petras reminds us that confessions extracted from torture have no validity in any court.
Petras, quite rightly, states that "the FT’s embrace of the CIA and military’s coerced evidence and therefore their use of torture, puts them squarely in the camp of the totalitarian state."
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the so-called mastermind of 9-11, is believed to have attended college in North Carolina.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed worked for the CIA in Afghanistan. (http://www.nogw.com/cia.html)
In Manila, he met associates in karaoke bars and giant go-go clubs filled with mirrors, flashing lights and bikini-clad dancers. He held meetings at four-star hotels. He took scuba-diving lessons at a coastal resort. When he wasn't with the go-go dancers, he courted a Filipina dentist.
Once, he rented a helicopter and flew it over her office, then called her on his mobile phone and told her to look up and wave. Other members of the terror cell Mohammed led had local girlfriends as well. (Dancing girls and romance on road to terrorist attacks - smh.com.au)
The real Shaikh Mohammed is considered by many analysts to be an agent of the Pakistan intelligence service ISI, which is generally considered to be controlled by the CIA.
Robert Fisk, 3 March 2003, in the Independent, wrote:
"Mr Mohammed was an ISI asset; indeed, anyone who is 'handed over' by the ISI these days is almost certainly a former (or present) employee of the Pakistani agency, whose control of Taliban operatives amazed even the Pakistani government during the years before 2001. Mr Pearl, it should be remembered, arranged his fatal assignation in Karachi on a mobile phone from an ISI office." A Breakthrough in the War on Terror? I'll Believe it When We See ...
US counter-terrorism officials claim Shaikh Mohammed was in Germany before the 9 11 attacks, liaising with Mohamed Atta. A secretive U.S. eavesdropping agency monitored telephone conversations. But, the Germans weren't told about it – and when they asked Washington for further information, none was forthcoming.
There was already a $2 million reward for Mohammed in 1998. In 2000, the CIA monitered his presence at an al Qaeda meeting, yet they didn't arrest him. Why wasn't the 9/11 plot discovered in June 2001 when US intelligence learned Mohammed was sending terrorists to live in the US. (Context of 'May 11, 2004: White House Gives Top Prisoner Access to ... )
And is the real Shaikh Mohammed still alive?
Asia Times, 30 February 2002:
"Ever since the frenzied shootout last month on September 11 2002 in Karachi there have been doubts over whether Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed head of al-Qaeda's military committee, died in the police raid on his apartment.
"Now it has emerged that Kuwaiti national Khalid Shaikh Mohammed did indeed perish in the raid, but his wife and child were taken from the apartment and handed over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in whose hands they remain." Asia Times
"The person making the confession in the secret military tribunal in Cuba can barely speak English. The real KSM, on the other hand, was educated in the United States and had obtained a degree in mechanical engineering from an American university in 1986."( Terror Mastermind KSM is an Imposter - The Confession is Fake )