Corporate media and government frothing over “inevitable” revenge attacks
May 2, 2011
Following the contrived Bin Laden is dead now story, the corporate media and the government have been especially quick to warn that we’re all in grave danger of “reprisal” attacks. One favourite way of doing this is to repeat the debunked claims of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a man who has been waterboarded so many times, he’d admit to being Santa Claus, the Easter bunny and the tooth fairy if the CIA told him to.
The mainstream media has today been drilling home the point in video and print that Al Qaeda probably has “a contingency attack plan in the works”, a terror plot ready to be initiated should Bin Laden be captured or killed.
CIA Director Leon Panetta, former chief of staff to President George W. Bush, Andrew Card, FBI officials, British Prime Minister David Cameron, former army commanders as well as scores of other “experts” wheeled out onto cable news have all warned that revenge attacks are almost certain.
ABC News in particular wants you scared, sh*t scared to be precise, considering the headline Marine Bio/chem Warfare Unit Recalled as Intel Warns of Possible Revenge Attacks.
“Already the 145 members of the Marines’ elite Chemical Biological Incident Response Force are departing Japan, where they’ve been supporting radiation remediation efforts in the wake of the March earthquake that destroyed several nuclear reactors.” ABC reports.
“The unit has been recalled to the United States, ready to respond to any potential emergency as a result of an attack.”
There is no mention of the fact that this unit was recalled days ago, because the Japanese government had not requested its help.
No, that wouldn’t be scary enough. Instead ABC suggests that it has been recalled because in the wake of Bin Laden’s alleged death, hordes of “home grown terrorists radicalized on the internet” are ready to strike transport systems in major cities. In truth the stories are completely unconnected.
Coincidentally, just days ago, the media extensively reported on the ramblings of self-professed mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who, it is claimed, told interrogators at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility that al-Qaeda has hidden a nuclear bomb in Europe which will unleash a “nuclear hellstorm” if Osama bin Laden is captured or killed.
The claims were made in documents obtained and released by Wikileaks.
Another revelation from the files was that Al-Qaeda is planning chemical and biological attacks in London and also investigating how to put cyanide in air-conditioning units of some public offices in the US.
Sheikh Mohammed, who was captured in 2003, has reportedly been waterboarded hundreds of times by US officials in an attempt to extract information, leading to doubts over the accuracy of his “confessions”.
He has admitted to being behind a multitude of attacks and planned attacks including the 1993 World Trade Center attack, the murder of journalist Daniel Pearl and plots to crash hijacked planes into Heathrow airport, as well as “the tallest buildings in California”.
Sheikh Mohammed even admitted to targeting Plaza bank buildings, despite the fact that the business was not founded until 2006, over three years after the alleged Al-Qaeda mastermind’s arrest.
In a “confession”, publicized in 2007, KSM claimed, “I was responsible for planning, training, surveying, and financing for the New (or Second) Wave of attacks against the following skyscrapers after 9/11: …Plaza Bank, Washington state.
In the above video report ABC also presents the new Al Qaeda boogeyman, Anwar al-Awlaki, claiming he was behind the attempted underpants bombing in 2009 and the foiled toner cartridge attack in 2010. The network fails to point out, however, that Awlaki, who was infamously invited to dine at the Pentagon with top military brass AFTER 9/11, was reported dead long ago.
Of course, it is entirely plausible that new attacks could be imminent.
However, given that every attempted terror attack since 9/11 has been proven to be fabricated and/or vastly exaggerated to justify enhanced security crackdowns, the Bin Laden effect provides a renewed pretext in the face of the public fatigue that had come to replace initial compliance and fear.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.
This article was posted: Monday, May 2, 2011 at 10:26 am