Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Osama Bin Laden Hype Misled Public
By Karin Friedemann
Khaleej Times, May 10, 2009
A National Public Radio rehashing of the 1999 Egypt Air crash
made me uneasy. It seemed like an effort to indoctrinate listeners to
believe that Muslims would commit suicide by deliberately crashing passenger
jets. I wondered what was coming.
The sky was blue and deceptively
cheerful in New Jersey a few weeks later on September 11, 2001, when I heard
about the attack on the World Trade Center. My husband called and told me to
turn on the television. As soon as I saw the flames and explosions, I
recognised a professional made-for-TV event.
As I watched the endless
repetition of dramatic camera shots, I perceived an attempt to hypnotise the
public with a list of suspects that had emerged before any serious
investigation could possibly have begun. One ridiculous news story claimed
that Mohammed Atta had left behind a handwritten note at the airport that
began, "In the Name of Allah, my family, and myself!" No Muslim would ever
use such a construction. Grandiose spectacles like 9/11 have not typically
characterised Islamic militants. The Taliban used to kill a handful of
Russian occupation soldiers a day. In the years since the WTC fell, there
has never been any repeat attack on American soil.
on September 13, 2001, that Osama bin Laden
told Taliban officials he had no role in the terror attacks in the United
States. Bin Laden may be a lot of things, but he is not
known to be a liar. "We asked from him, (and) he told (us) we don't have any
hand in this action," stated Taliban ambassador Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef.
Rather than provide evidence against bin Laden, the US imprisoned Zaeef in
Guantanamo. He now lives under house arrest in Kabul.
18, 2001, the Jerusalem Post reported that Israeli officials had warned
Washington beforehand that "large-scale terrorist attacks on highly visible
targets on the American mainland were imminent," and specifically linked the
plot to bin Laden.
Problems in the official version soon developed.
Some of the TV photographs were faked, at least 7 of the alleged hijackers
were alive, and one had died before 2001. Bin Laden videotapes aired on TV
were proven fraudulent and mistranslated.
On June 5, 2006 Rex Tomb,
Chief of Investigative Publicity for the FBI told Muckraker Report that bin
Laden "has not been formally indicted and charged in connection with 9/11
because the FBI has no hard evidence
connecting bin Laden to 9/11." Robert Dreyfuss reported that
former CIA officials claimed Department of Defense officials were "producing
their own unverified intelligence reports to justify war." Political analyst
Eric Margolis notes, "Such `experts' echoed the White House party line and
all were dead wrong. Yet amazingly, many are still on air, continuing to
misinform the public."
A man whose nine children were killed when the
US bombed his home told Yvonne Ridley, "There has been a lot of fighting
around here between the Taliban and the Americans. They are searching for
Osama bin Laden but everyone knows he is not here."
The Pentagon has used the bin Laden hype for years to
justify stationing warships and submarines off the Pakistani coast;
kidnapping and torturing prisoners such as Abu Zubaydah and his uncle Khalid
Sheikh Mohammad based on hearsay by anonymous sources; and testing new
hi-tech weapons like Predator unmanned drones and air-sucking thermo-baric
bombs on a defenseless population. The US government arrested thousands of
Muslims and deported hundreds. Not a single one of them has ever been
convicted on terrorism charges.
In February 2009, 9/11 widow
Beverly Eckert died in a plane crash days after she voiced her concerns to
President Obama about the 9/11 investigation. Eckert was suing the Federal
government to force testimony about what went wrong that day. She formed a
Family Steering Committee to address the 9/11 Commission with questions like
why on September 9th the president already had a war plan on his desk to go
into Afghanistan; how the passports of two alleged
hijackers survived the inferno; why Mayor Rudy Giuliani had the metal
from the collapsed towers sold as scrap for recycling overseas.
metal was evidence which could have helped explain the collapse," Eckert
believed. She asked why high-ranking Pentagon officials cancelled travel
plans for the morning of September 11 "apparently because of security
concerns?" What are the names of the individuals and the financial
institutions that bought "puts" on American Airlines and United Airlines
during the three weeks prior to 9/11? Who profited? Why didn't F-16s
intercept the hijacked airliners? Why was protocol not followed on 9/11? Why
did Dick Cheney hinder CIA and FBI investigations?
"If what the
government has told us about 9/11 is a lie," said William Rodriguez, a
fireman who survived the WTC attack, "somebody has to take action to reveal
Karin Friedemann is a Boston-based writer on the Middle
East affairs and US politics.