June 18, 2008
“An ex-commando, working undercover for the FBI, took photographs as aspiring terrorists plotted to carry out attacks against U.S. soldiers in Iraq,” reports CBS, doing its best to convince us al-Qaeda is active domestically in the United States and we should be afraid. “Only this didn’t happen in Iraq, Afghanistan, or Pakistan. This training played out in Toledo, Ohio, and involved three Americans drawn to the call of Jihad, CBS News justice and homeland security correspondent Bob Orr reports.”
Bob Orr, like most corporate media journalists, or maybe that should be script readers and transcribers, didn’t care to do his homework. You’d think Orr would spend a few minutes with the Google search engine, but apparently that is not permitted activity for corporate media hacks, especially if facts contrary to the official fairy tale get in the way.
Irhabi 007 certainly is shadowy, same as a spook lurking behind the scenes is shadowy. First and foremost, consider that “Irhabi” is an absurd name for a supposed jihadist. It translates in Arabic as “terrorist” and 007, of course, is a reference to James Bond, the fictional British secret agent. As we shall see, 007 is a good choice for Younes Tsouli, the real name of the Moroccan-born resident of the United Kingdom behind the silly and rather revealing moniker.
While these radicals have now been convicted, CBS News has learned e-mails and phone calls connect the Toledo cell to terror suspects in at least three other North American cities - and to a notorious al Qaeda operative.
“Its important that we just don’t look at cells in isolation, we look at their connectivity to each other,” said CBS News homeland security consultant Paul Kurtz.
Here’s how this radical web was spun.
The Toledo trio was in frequent contact with two Chicago men who are now charged with plotting attacks of their own.
Those Chicago suspects in turn communicated with two college-age students in Atlanta, sending e-mails asking them to “come and see our preparation…” for violent Jihad.
That preparation, the government charges, was conspiring with a Canadian terror cell to bomb Toronto landmarks.
And it all connected through the Internet, and to a shadowy al Qaeda webmaster known as Irhabi 007.
Tsouli is said to have built al-Qaeda websites and forums with vanilla names such as Muntada al-Ansar al-Islami (Islam Supporters Forum). Tsouli also stands accused of distributing over the internet video material filmed by the Iraqi resistance. So careless was the “world’s most wanted cyber-jihadist,” he was captured after the arrest of a Swedish citizen as a terrorist in Sarajevo. Lo and behold, the authorities found Younes Tsouli’s name on the Swede’s laptop. For a supposedly sophisticated and technologically savvy jihadist, Tsouli was so apparently so stupid he allowed himself to end up on a buddy list and was traced by cell phone records to Shepherds Bush, London. But then, of course, as a member of al-Qaeda it should be expected Terrorist 007 would either be captured for propaganda purposes, killed in theatrical fashion, or remain at large forever like the dead Osama bin Laden.
As it turns out, Irhabi 007 is an intelligence contrivance. As the corporate media reported after his arrest, the young Mr. 007 administered an Islamist web forum entitled Al-Ansar, which had 4,500 members. Al-Ansar battled with another Islamist website, Al-Tajdeed, run by one Dr. Muhammad al-Massari, a Saudi dissident who has lived legally in London since 1994. Muhammad al-Massari’s site “launched such a struggle against www.alhesbah.org, a leading Islamist site that often posts messages from Al Qaeda. Al-Tajdeed accused Al-Hesbah [an Arabic message board] of serving Arab and Western intelligence agencies, as well as exposing the founders of the famous Al-Ansar website (www.al-ansar.org), including the operator known as ‘Irhabi 007′ and other members of the Global Islamic Media Front,” writes Gabriel Weimann, author of the book Terror on the Internet. “On March 5, 2006, Al-Tajdeed published an article signed by ‘Omar bin Hanif,’ titled ‘A Series of Exposures of Spies — [Who Is] the Traitor who Sold Irhabi 007?’”
“According to the Jamestown Foundation, suspicions were cast that Saudi intelligence had infiltrated Al-Hesbah and gleaned information leading to the rapid arrests of suspects linked to the attack on the Abqaiq oil facility in February 2006,” writes Paul Joseph Watson. “The website was subsequently suspended after two of its foremost users, Muhammad al-Zuhayri and Muhammad Tamallat, were exposed as intelligence agents.” It also apparently served as a platform to groom clueless patsies.
Not word one of these suspicious and documented connections in the CBS report. “When police raided 007’s London flat in 2005 they found among the evidence a video showing security at the U.S. Capitol, fuel tanks and other targets in Washington. The video was shot by the Atlanta suspects. None of these plots came close to working — all were infiltrated and busted. But, the connections suggest there is an active network of support for homegrown radicals looking to do us harm.”
Indeed, they appear not only to be radicals, but dim-witted radicals run by intelligence agencies. As we know, Prince Turki Al Faisal, the former head of Saudi intelligence, was intimately involved with the CIA and Pakistan’s ISI. The CIA collaborated with Pakistani and Saudi intelligence to launch the Afghan war against the Soviets and this marriage of tawdry convenience spawned the mujahideen, a rag-tag rabble of fanatics and cutthroats that would later morph into al-Qaeda.
If “homegrown radicals” are “looking to do us harm,” as CBS claims, we may conclude they are patsies handled by “undercover” FBI operatives at the behest of intelligence agencies. In other words, the FBI and the CIA are “looking to do us harm” in the name of fake terrorism.