I appreciate the links, I've been trying to make the time to expand on this thread and it's not an easy task but it's something that I feel
desperately needs to be done because the unfortunate reality is that, as time passes and memories fade in the wake of new events, we tend to loose
focus and information often vanishes from the internet as quickly as it arrives, particularly in regards to the events of Sept. 11.
One major problem I'm running into in reviewing alot of the old threads here is that the links to articles and web sites are now dead which makes it
exceedingly difficult to follow up on them, so sites like archive.org and thememoryhole.org are invaluable tools.
Another complication is the sheer amount of information involved, for example, Atif Ahmed, Barakat Yarkas, Zacarias Moussaoui, Said Chedadi, Abu
Qatada, Saeed Sheikh, Abu Zubaida, Omar Nasiri, Jamal Zougam, Abu Walid, Rachid Ramda, Mustafa Setmarian Nasar, Abu Hamzaal-Masri, Jamal al-Fadl,
Bisher al-Rawi, Abu Bashir, Ali Mohamed, Khaled Abu el-Dahab, Omar Abdul-Rahman, El Sayyid Nosair, Khalil Deek, Wadih El-Hage, Haroon Rashid Aswat...
this is only to name a very few persons of interest in the murky world of East VS West intelligence operatives, and it's a pretty daunting task of
sorting though all of it. They wouldn't have it any other way though.
For tonight's update, I want to expand on a thread started in 2003 by ATS member Peace, the
is "Sept._11's_Smoking_Gun:_The Many_Faces_of_Saeed_Sheikh", and while it didn't manage to receive a single reply, I think he
touched on the often overlooked connections between US, British, and Pakistani Intelligence agencies prior to the attacks of Sept. 11 and the
subsequent cover ups in regards to the roles played by operatives of those agencies.
From the Thread...
A long time regional expert with extensive CIA ties stated publicly in March 2001 that "the CIA still has close links with the ISI," and repeated
the claim to CNN in February 2002. [Times of India, 3/7/01, CNN, 2/27/02] An anonymous former senior ISI official has stated, "The biggest problem we
have [in Pakistan] are the rogue elements in the intelligence agencies, especially those who at some time became involved with the CIA." [Christian
Science Monitor, 2/22/02] At the very least, the ISI may know very embarrassing facts about the US. For instance, they may know a thing or two about
CIA involvement in drug smuggling and/or support of bin Laden in the 1980s. [Star Tribune, 9/30/01, Atlantic Monthly, 5/96, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
9/23/01, UPI, 6/14/01] Unfortunately, Daniel Pearl was killed before he could investigate the connections between the US and the ISI, and no
journalist seems willing to explore such dangerous subjects since his death.
Daniel Perl was a jewish journalist and dual citizen of both the US and Israel who worked for the Wall Street Journal serving as the South Asia Bureau
Chief based in India. According to Wikipedia, in January 2002, Daniel Perl was kindnapped, allegedly, while en-route to an interview with Sheikh
Mubarak Ali Gilani in Karachi while investigating the ties between the ISI, British and US Intelligence agencies.
Perl would later become infamous as the man who was beheaded in a video released by his captors, a group calling themselves "The National Movement
for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty" who claimed the Berg was a CIA agent and the video subsequently spurred a great deal of anti-islamic
sentiment here in the US and abroad and fueled the public support of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
What largely escaped the main stream media is the very interesting fact that Nick Berg had went to Iraq in December and January and returned there in
March of the same year supposedly looking for work as an electrical contractor to help build radio towers. An American journalist with an Israeli
stamped passport wondering around in Iraq for months looking for electrical engineering jobs, he was arrested at a checkpoint in Mosul for 'suspicous
activity'. In an attempt to secure his release, his family promptly filed a lawsuit April 5th claiming that Berg was being held illegally by the US
Military. There are conflicting reports of his whereabouts during the two week period of his detention and both the US and Iraqi Police denied holding
him, but he was released the next day on the 6th.
Beth Payne, the U.S. consular officer in Iraq, had emailed Berg's family stating that "I have confirmed that your son, Nick, is being detained by
the U.S. military in Mosul. He is safe. He was picked up approximately one week ago. We will try to obtain additional information regarding his
detention and a contact person you can communicate with directly." Two days after his release from US custody, his body was found, and on May 11, a
very suspect video of his execution was released on a now defunct islamic site.
The video instills alot of emotional reactions from people, so I think it's important to note that I'm not mitigating the horrific nature of the
video but it's important to this point to note that there were a number of questionable things about it that, to my recollection, that were never
really addressed or explained. These anamolies include the references made in the video to the Abu Ghraib Prisoner abuse photos, which had not been
released yet, the orange jump suit Berg was wearing being identical to the standard US issued prisoner suits in Guantonomo Bay which, at least in my
mind, suggests that Berg wasn't released but transfered to the custody of his captors, his lack of movement and blood during the actual beheading,
the chair Berg is seated in during his speech is allegedly the same chairs, as well as the walls and baseboards of the room he was in, that were seen
at the Ghraib Prison, the audio appears to have been dubbed in post production, the ethnic origin of the captors was questioned as some of them
appeared to have white hands and Al-Zarqawi lacked his prosthetic leg, a tatoo, his Jordanian accent and wore a gold ring which is frowned upon for
men in Islamic Culture, and one of the men was allegedly armed with a Galil, an Israeli made version of the AK-47.
The anamolies in the video are important because the men responsible for his execution are the self same operatives that we find connected not only to
Islamic Militants, but also to the ISI as well as British and US Intelligence.
Let's take a closer look at Saeed Sheikh...
Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh was arrested in Pakistan for his connection with the Nick Berg execution and sentenced to death. Prior to his involvement with
the Nick Berg execution he had been arrested and imprisoned in India for his role in the 1994 kidnapping of western tourists in India. According to
the Washington Post, the ISI paid his legal fees there from which he was released to the Taliban as part of a hostage neogitation and is currently,
according to Wiki, being held in Pakistan.
He was raised primarily in London, and an alumni of the London School of Economics where he is said to have recruited students for the Islamic
Fundamentalist cause. It is interesting to note that the former President of Pakistan, Musharraf, claimed that Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh was recruited
by MI6 during his studies there and actually sent to the Balkans joining the Harkat ul-Ansar under the guise of the “Convoy of Mercy”. Aukai
Collins would later claim that Harkat ul-Ansar was a terrorist organization funded by Alqeda and the US State Department added them to a growing list
Sounds like a double agent to me, confirmed if by nothing else, the fact that, according to CNN, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh sent $100,000 to Mohammed
Atta just prior to the attacks of Sept. 11 and Atta returned several thousands of those dollars back to Saeed Sheikh. Oddly enough, the 9-11
Commission claimed the source of those funds as unknown and the FBI speculates that the source of those funds was Gen. Mahmud Ahmed, who by amazing
cooincidence, was meeting with US Senate Intelligence officials the morning of the attacks. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune, not only was this
guys working with the ISI, and MI6, but was also believed by many in Musharraf's administration, to be working with the CIA as well.
Richard Perl was investigating these connections, when he wasn't wondering around Iraq looking for electrical contracting work that is, and Ahmed
Omar Saeed Sheikh is just one little facet in a tangled web of intelligence operatives involved directly with the World Trade Center and Pentagon
attacks. It isn't too far of a stretch to suggest that Nick Berg stumbled into a story that would have blown the lid off some very nasty dealings
between these intelligence networks and was killed by them rather than some Pakistani Liberation group as was reported by the mainstream media.
How do these different intelligence groups all end up in the same bed?
In a word, BCCI.
I am quickly running out of room on this post, please check out the link above, and while you're reading it, keep in mind that George Bush, head of
the CIA for god knows how long, and Bill Clinton shared the same lawyer in the famous BCCI scandal.
Oh the tangled webs they weave.
Thanks for reading, more to come...
[edit on 16-6-2010 by twitchy]