Series of specific warnings ignored, security measures relaxed, police refused to shoot back
Paul Joseph Watson
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Numerous disturbing details now strongly indicate that the terrorists who indiscriminately slaughtered nearly 200 people in Mumbai were aided by some elements of the Indian security apparatus responsible for protecting the city.
It has now been confirmed that the Indian security services received numerous precise warnings that terrorists were planning to arrive by sea and attack the Taj Mahal hotel, but if anything security was relaxed, allowing the terrorists to prolong the attack for days and not hours.
The CIA’s station chief in Delhi told Indian intelligence in September that terrorists were planning to arrive via the sea and attack the Taj Mahal hotel with small arms and/or bombs. Security measures around the hotel were increased in response to the warning but relaxed just days before the attack.
This was just one of a “series of warnings of a possible attack on Mumbai by sea in the months leading up to last week’s devastating onslaught,” reports AFP.
Many Indians are furious at the botched response that allowed the attacks to drag on for days and are incredulous at eyewitness reports of Indian police refusing to fire back at the terrorists as they carried out their rampage with AK-47′s, forcing gangs of citizens to go hand to hand with the armed assailants.
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Was a stand down issue ordered or were there terrorists within the police units? Sebastian D’Souza, a picture editor at the Mumbai Mirror, took many of the now infamous photos of the terrorists, but his main concern at the time was the fact that armed police would not shoot at the terrorists despite them being sitting ducks.
“What angered Mr D’Souza almost as much were the masses of armed police hiding in the area who simply refused to shoot back,” reports the Belfast Telegraph. “There were armed policemen hiding all around the station but none of them did anything,” he said. “At one point, I ran up to them and told them to use their weapons. I said, ‘Shoot them, they’re sitting ducks!’ but they just didn’t shoot back.”
“As the gunmen fired at policemen taking cover across the street, Mr D’Souza realised a train was pulling into the station unaware of the horror within. “I couldn’t believe it. We rushed to the platform and told everyone to head towards the back of the station. Those who were older and couldn’t run, we told them to stay put.”
India’s warmongering rhetoric against Pakistan is partly a steam valve to deflect from the fact that they were given a specific warning that this would happen and not only failed to prevent it, but let the whole thing drag out for days.
An obvious effort to pin the blame on Lashkar-e-Toiba and by extension Pakistan, despite the terrorist group’s flat denial of responsibility, is now encapsulated by the suspected manufacturing of evidence.
Satellite phones and identity documents linking the attack to Pakistanis was conveniently discovered by the Indians just as the flight manuals and the paper passports of the hijackers were found immediately after 9/11.
Unsurprisingly, the Indians killed all but one of the terrorists, a clean cut English speaking Pakistani, Azam Amir Qasab, who is singing from the same hymn sheet as the Indians implicating Pakistan and saying he was trained by Pakistan. The corporate media has swallowed the story hook line and sinker, refusing to even raise the prospect that such a confession was obtained through torture.
Again we ask the question, what on earth would Pakistan, who have been making strenuous peace overtures towards India recently, possibly have to gain from sponsoring a brutal attack against innocent civilians the full horror of which is played out on international television for all to see? How can it possibly benefit Pakistan to now have the full might of the U.S. military, with an incoming president who’s made it very clear that he’s fully prepared to expand the bombing raids, trained on Pakistan, along with the suspicion of the rest of the world?
How can that possibly be of any benefit? This wasn’t an attack on the Parliament building. This wasn’t an attempt to decapitate government in any way – it was an indiscriminate assault on innocent people going about their business at hotels, restaurants and subways. It was a senseless massacre that will ultimately help the geopolitical agenda of nobody other than the Indians and the U.S., who now have the perfect pretext to expand bombing raids in Pakistan and entrench themselves in Afghanistan.
As soon as attack in Mumbai began to unfold, despite confusion as to its perpetrators and its motive, U.S. aircraft carriers were moving towards the Pakistan border.
As we predicted right from the beginning, no matter who the real perpetrators were, the attack was always going to be blamed on Pakistan as a means of re-igniting a nuclear cold war that reaped massive profits for the military-industrial complex who armed both sides the last time such tensions peaked at the start of the decade.
This article was posted: Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 5:34 am