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FTR #587 Update on September 11 and Related Matters

Record­ed Feb­ru­ary 25, 2007
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Intro­duc­tion: Begin­ning with the sub­ject of Sami al-Ari­an, the pro­gram sets forth the lat­est twist in the odyssey of this Islam­ic ter­ror­ist and polit­i­cal asso­ciate of George Bush. Acquit­ted of ter­ror­ism charges on a tech­ni­cal­i­ty, this GOP activist refused to tes­ti­fy before a grand jury about the IIIT, one of the insti­tu­tions raid­ed in the 3/20/2002 Oper­a­tion Green Quest raids. Al-Arian’s attor­neys say he fears for his life if he were to tes­ti­fy about the sup­pos­ed­ly benign IIIT. Not sur­pris­ing­ly, Islamist ele­ments and sup­port­ive ele­ments in the so-called pro­gres­sive polit­i­cal sec­tor are hail­ing al-Ari­an as a polit­i­cal mar­tyr. After chron­i­cling yet anoth­er major GOP donor who is accused of financ­ing ter­ror­ism, the pro­gram focus­es on the mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Islam­o­fas­cist and ter­ror­ist ele­ments and indi­vid­u­als as “mod­er­ate.” After sup­ple­ment­ing dis­cus­sion (from pre­vi­ous pro­grams) of the grow­ing con­flu­ence between so-called 9/11 Truthers and Holo­caust deniers, the pro­gram notes an Indi­an intel­li­gence report indi­cat­ing that ter­ror­ists manip­u­late stock mar­kets in order to gen­er­ate funds. Con­clud­ing with infor­ma­tion about the Carl Duis­berg Gesellschaft (or Carl Duis­berg Soci­ety in the Unit­ed States), the broad­cast notes that, in addi­tion to hav­ing spon­sored 9/11 hijack­er Mohamed Atta’s trav­els in Ger­many and (pos­si­bly) the Unit­ed States, the CDS is appar­ent­ly involved with anthrax research in the U.S.

Pro­gram High­lights Include: Stan­ford University’s favor­able pre­sen­ta­tion of a fierce­ly big­ot­ed Turk­ish film that echoes the old “blood-libel” anti-Semit­ic lies; Mus­lim Broth­er­hood leader Tariq Ramadan’s asso­ci­a­tion with the Dalai Lama (who main­tains active con­tact with Islamists); Holo­caust Denier Eric D. Williams’ par­tic­i­pa­tion in a recent 9/11 “Truth” con­fer­ence in Ari­zona; 9/11 “Truth” fig­ure Jim Fetzer’s glow­ing praise for neo-Nazi and Holo­caust denier Eric Huf­schmid; the offi­cial retrac­tion of an arti­cle claim­ing that many of the 9/11 hijack­ers are still alive; the rela­tion­ship between the Carl Duis­berg Soci­ety and the estab­lish­ment of the Fraun­hofer USA lab­o­ra­to­ry at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware.

1. Begin­ning with sup­ple­men­tal infor­ma­tion about Sami al-Ari­an, the broad­cast notes that he has refused to tes­ti­fy about the Inter­na­tion­al Insti­tute of Islam­ic Thought, one of the orga­ni­za­tions bust­ed on 3/20/2002 as part of Oper­a­tion Green Quest. Al-Arian’s attor­neys said that his life would be in dan­ger if he tes­ti­fied! Now why would he be in any dan­ger if the orga­ni­za­tion were as benign as al-Ari­an and his defend­ers main­tain?! (For more about al-Ari­an, see—among oth­er programs—FTR#’s 467, 538. For more about Oper­a­tion Green Quest, see—among oth­er programs—FTR#’s 356, 357, 454, 462, 464, 583.) “A poten­tial­ly key wit­ness has refused to tes­ti­fy in the long-run­ning inves­ti­ga­tion into whether Islam­ic char­i­ties in North­ern Vir­ginia were financ­ing ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions, accord­ing to recent­ly unsealed court doc­u­ments. For­mer Flori­da pro­fes­sor Sami al-Ari­an declined to answer ques­tions before a fed­er­al grand jury in Alexan­dria last month, accord­ing to doc­u­ments unsealed in fed­er­al court in Tam­pa. Ari­an, who was acquit­ted in one of the nation’s high­est-pro­file ter­ror­ism cas­es but then plead­ed guilty to a sin­gle charge, believes his life would be in dan­ger if he tes­ti­fied, his attor­neys told a judge. Pros­e­cu­tors want Ari­an to reveal what they believe are his ties to the Inter­na­tion­al Insti­tute of Islam­ic Thought, or IIIT, a Hern­don think tank that is one of the key orga­ni­za­tions under inves­ti­ga­tion. The probe, which fed­er­al offi­cials have called the nation’s largest ter­ror­ism-financ­ing inves­ti­ga­tion, is focused on a Hern­don-based net­work of Mus­lim char­i­ties, busi­ness­es and think tanks. The Mus­lim char­i­ties deny any ter­ror­ist ties. . . .”
(“Wit­ness Is Silent in Ter­ror Probe: Ex-Pro­fes­sor Says Grand Jury Tes­ti­mo­ny Would Endan­ger Him” by Jer­ry Markon; The Wash­ing­ton Post; 11/14/2006; p. B05.)

2. Fill­ing in some back­ground infor­ma­tion about the al-Ari­an case, the pro­gram syn­op­sizes details about the Oper­a­tion Green Quest raids of 2002. “The inves­ti­ga­tion burst into pub­lic view more than four years ago when fed­er­al agents swarmed into homes and busi­ness­es in Hern­don and else­where in North­ern Vir­ginia. They cart­ed away 500 box­es of doc­u­ments — from some of the most estab­lished Islam­ic orga­ni­za­tions in the Unit­ed States — that they believed con­tained evi­dence of an inter­na­tion­al ter­ror­ism financ­ing net­work. . . . . No charges have been filed against the prin­ci­pals of the Hern­don-based clus­ter of com­pa­nies and char­i­ties that are at the cen­ter of the inves­ti­ga­tion, and their attor­neys and some Mus­lims have labeled the raids a fish­ing expe­di­tion. Pros­e­cu­tors in the U.S. attor­ney’s office in Alexan­dria have strong­ly defend­ed the raids, say­ing dur­ing a 2004 court hear­ing that they would file charges against some or all of the Hern­don-based net­work, pos­si­bly under rack­e­teer­ing statutes once used to tar­get the Mafia.” (Idem.)

3. More about the Oper­a­tion Green Quest raids of 3/20/2002 and al-Arian’s role in the inves­ti­ga­tion: “The inves­ti­ga­tion has spanned near­ly half a decade, accord­ing to court doc­u­ments and law enforce­ment offi­cials, because it involves a com­plex trail of inter­na­tion­al trans­ac­tions between cor­po­ra­tions and relat­ed char­i­ta­ble enti­ties. The gov­ern­ment believes Ari­an could help untan­gle the mon­ey trail, court doc­u­ments indi­cate. In an affi­davit filed in sup­port of the search war­rants and unsealed in 2003, Home­land Secu­ri­ty agent David Kane laid out alleged ties between Ari­an and IIIT, writ­ing that IIIT was once the largest con­trib­u­tor to what he called a Pales­tin­ian Islam­ic Jihad front group run by Ari­an. Ari­an con­tends that he has no infor­ma­tion that could help the inves­ti­ga­tion and that any ties between him and IIIT are more than a decade old, accord­ing to the doc­u­ments unsealed in Flori­da. Ari­an refused to tes­ti­fy in Alexan­dria on Oct. 19, and his attor­neys tried to quash the sub­poe­na. They argued that it vio­lat­ed his plea agree­ment with Flori­da pros­e­cu­tors because Ari­an made it clear to pros­e­cu­tors before he agreed to plead guilty that he would not coop­er­ate with the gov­ern­ment. A fed­er­al judge in Flori­da reject­ed that argu­ment last week.” (Idem.)

4. Trag­i­cal­ly, al-Ari­an has been hailed as a hero and polit­i­cal mar­tyr in the so-called pro­gres­sive polit­i­cal sec­tor. In par­tic­u­lar, the Paci­fi­ca radio net­work and its pop­u­lar “Democ­ra­cy Now” pro­gram have gone to extra­or­di­nary lengths to rep­re­sent this mon­ster as an icon and role mod­el. Al-Ari­an is the North Amer­i­can head of Pales­tin­ian Islam­ic Jihad, one of the off­shoots of the Islam­o­fas­cist Mus­lim Broth­er­hood. Check out the fol­low­ing pho­to of a Pales­tin­ian Islam­ic Jihad ral­ly. THIS is what the “pro­gres­sives” are sup­port­ing. DON’T EVER FORGET THIS PICTURE!!

5. Sad­ly, but pre­dictably, the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Islam­ic Rela­tions is work­ing on behalf of “Sam­my the Aryan”, as Mr. Emory calls al-Ari­an. Billed as the pri­ma­ry group rep­re­sent­ing Amer­i­can Mus­lims, the CAIR has main­tained a dis­turbing­ly favor­able atti­tude toward Islam­ic ter­ror­ists and Islam­o­fas­cists. Hav­ing the CAIR rep­re­sent the inter­ests of Amer­i­can Mus­lims is tan­ta­mount to hav­ing the Ger­man Amer­i­can Bund rep­re­sent the inter­ests of Ger­man Amer­i­cans. (The Ger­man Amer­i­can Bund was a pro-Nazi orga­ni­za­tion in pre-World War II Amer­i­ca, run by the Third Reich. For more about the Ger­man Amer­i­can Bund, see this link. For more about CAIR and its ter­ror­ist sym­pa­thies, see—among oth­er programs—FTR#’s 357, 583.) “The Coun­cil on Amer­i­can- Islam­ic Rela­tions (CAIR) today called on Amer­i­can Mus­lims and oth­er peo­ple of con­science to write let­ters in sup­port of Dr. Sami Al-Ari­an, a for­mer Flori­da pro­fes­sor cur­rent­ly on a hunger strike in fed­er­al deten­tion to protest his treat­ment by U.S. author­i­ties. Fam­i­ly mem­bers report that Al-Ari­an col­lapsed on the 23rd day of his fast and has been moved from Vir­ginia to a med­ical facil­i­ty in North Car­oli­na. CAIR asked that let­ters urg­ing Al-Ari­an’s release be sent to Judge Ger­ald Lee of the U.S. Dis­trict Court for the East­ern Dis­trict of Vir­ginia, Attor­ney Gen­er­al Alber­to Gon­za­les and Pres­i­dent Bush. Al-Ari­an began his hunger strike more than three weeks ago after being giv­en a sen­tence of up to 18 months for refus­ing to tes­ti­fy before a grand jury in Vir­ginia. His attor­neys say an ear­li­er plea agree­ment freed him from fur­ther coop­er­a­tion with the gov­ern­ment. Sup­port­ers say the gov­ern­men­t’s actions amount to a form of harass­ment. . . .”
(“U.S. Mus­lims Asked to Write in Sup­port of FL Prof on Hunger Strike” [Lit­tle Green Foot­balls]; News.Yahoo.com; 2/15/2007.)

6. Sami al-Ari­an was close to the GOP pow­er hier­ar­chy. An asso­ciate of Pres­i­dent Bush, al-Ari­an was an inte­gral part of the SAAR net­work, an Islamist/Muslim Broth­er­hood eco­nom­ic and polit­i­cal milieu. That net­work, in turn, was deeply involved with the Bush admin­is­tra­tion and the GOP hier­ar­chy. The Islam­ic Insti­tute was a vehi­cle unit­ing Mus­lim Broth­er­hood eco­nom­ic and polit­i­cal influ­ence with GOP pow­er bro­kers Grover Norquist and Karl Rove, as well as long time Bush advi­sor and busi­ness asso­ciate Talat Oth­man. Yet anoth­er Islamist and accused ter­ror­ist with ties to the GOP is Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari, a major donor to the Repub­li­can Par­ty. (For more about the numer­ous and pro­found con­nec­tions between the Repub­li­can Par­ty, the Bush admin­is­tra­tion and Mus­lim Broth­er­hood ter­ror­ists asso­ci­at­ed with Al Qae­da, Hamas and Pales­tin­ian Islam­ic Jihad, see—among oth­er programs—FTR#’s 356, 357, 415, 435, 454, 467, 495, 515.) “The Nation­al Repub­li­can Con­gres­sion­al Com­mit­tee (NRCC) won’t say what it plans to do with thou­sands of dol­lars in cam­paign dona­tions it received from an accused ter­ror financier. Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari gave $15,250 to the NRCC since 2002, accord­ing to FEC records pub­lished on the Web site opensecrets.org. On Fri­day, Alishtari pled not guilty to fund­ing ter­ror­ism and oth­er crimes, includ­ing finan­cial fraud. The NRCC is the main polit­i­cal group ded­i­cat­ed to help­ing the Repub­li­can Par­ty win seats in the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Reached Mon­day morn­ing for com­ment, an NRCC spokes­woman declined to dis­cuss the mat­ter on the record. The indict­ment against Alishtari unsealed in Man­hat­tan fed­er­al court Fri­day charges him with pro­vid­ing mate­r­i­al sup­port to ter­ror­ists by trans­fer­ring $152,000 between banks to alleged­ly be used to pur­chase night-vision gog­gles and oth­er equip­ment need­ed for a ter­ror­ist train­ing camp. Alishtari, aka Michael Mixon, was paid for his efforts to col­lect and trans­fer the funds, which includ­ed $25,000 sent from a bank in New York to a bank in Mon­tre­al, Cana­da, the indict­ment alleges. . . .”
(“Accused Ter­ror­ist is Big GOP Donor” by Justin Rood; ABC News Blog; 2/19/2007.)

7. Sad­ly, the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood is being mar­ket­ed by its defend­ers as a main­stream, mod­er­ate group. One of the so-called mod­er­ates is Tariq Ramadan, grand­son of the group’s founder Has­san al-Ban­na. Inter­est­ing­ly (and per­haps sig­nif­i­cant­ly), Ramadan has been quite close to the Dalai Lama. (For more on the Dalai Lama’s links to Islam­o­fas­cism, the CIA and the Under­ground Reich, see FTR#’s 547, 548, 549, 550. For more on the fas­cist ide­ol­o­gy and prac­tices of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, see—among oth­er programs—FTR#’s 455, 456, 473, 537.) For an exam­i­na­tion of Has­san al-Banna’s “anti-impe­ri­al­ist” ide­ol­o­gy, see link.) “ . . . I was also close to the Tibetans and spent one month with the Dalai Lama. It was the same phi­los­o­phy, spir­i­tu­al com­mit­ment and resis­tance, in their case against Chi­nese colo­nial­ism. Per­haps because of these per­son­al expe­ri­ences, I start­ed to read the work of my own grand­fa­ther, who used the Scrip­tures, the sto­ry of Moses, against British colo­nial­ism. He was say­ing in the 1940’s what the lib­er­a­tion the­ol­o­gists [sic] were say­ing in the 1960’s. . . .”
(“Tariq Ramadan Has an Iden­ti­ty Issue” by Ian Buru­ma; New York Times Mag­a­zine; 2/4/2007; p. 39.)

8. Emblem­at­ic of both the mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Mus­lim extrem­ists as “mod­er­ates” and the alto­geth­er inex­cus­able behav­ior of a sig­nif­i­cant minor­i­ty of Mus­lims res­i­dent in the U.S. is Stan­ford University’s treat­ment of a racist, anti-Semit­ic Turk­ish film. “Val­ley of the Wolves: Iraq” por­trays Amer­i­can G.I.’s as par­tic­i­pat­ing in a con­spir­a­cy with Jew­ish doc­tors to mur­der Mus­lim chil­dren and steal their organs. This is a slight rework­ing of the old “Blood Libel” accu­sa­tions of Jews engag­ing in rit­u­al mur­der that have long char­ac­ter­ized crud­er anti-Semit­ic cul­ture. To see this vile movie treat­ed with kid gloves and its vir­u­lent­ly racist, hate-mon­ger­ing rep­re­sent­ed as not only accept­able, but laud­able, exem­pli­fies the extent to which irre­spon­si­ble Amer­i­can Mus­lims and the non-Mus­lim ele­ments that sup­port them have been empow­ered to spread big­otry. “The Action Movie You Were Not Meant to See: Kurt­lar Vadisi Irak (Val­ley of the Wolves: Iraq): An elite Turk­ish com­man­do squad infil­trates the Kur­dish region of US-occu­pied Iraq. What they find is too shock­ing to con­tem­plate: their sup­posed Amer­i­can allies engaged in mur­der, extor­tion, organ deal­ing, and more. Not in our name indeed. This film was a spin off from a huge­ly pop­u­lar Turk­ish TV series, and went on to be one of the biggest gross­ing films in all Turk­ish cin­e­ma his­to­ry. It has also enjoyed great pop­u­lar­i­ty in Europe and the Mid­dle East. It was due for a lim­it­ed Amer­i­can release in Decem­ber 2006, but was qui­et­ly dropped at the last minute after a let­ter from the Anti-Defama­tion League of B’nai Br’ith to the film’s US dis­trib­u­tors object­ed to ‘the incen­di­ary anti-Jew­ish and anti-Amer­i­can themes and char­ac­ters in the film.’ As a ser­vice to the Stan­ford aca­d­e­m­ic com­mu­ni­ty at large, we offer you the chance to see this impor­tant film for your­self. Non-stop screen action, intel­lec­tu­al stim­u­la­tion, and real polit­i­cal con­tro­ver­sy in one pro­gram! This is an event not to be missed. Screen­ing at 1pm fol­lowed by a dis­cus­sion after the film.–Cosponsored by: Mid­dle East Col­lec­tion of the Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty Libraries, The Abbasi Pro­gram in Islam­ic Stud­ies, Stan­ford Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies. For more infor­ma­tion on the film: http://www.valleyofthewolvesiraq.com .”

9. Sup­ple­ment­ing dis­cus­sion from FTR#584, the broad­cast notes how the so-called 9/11 “Truth” move­ment has served as a vehi­cle for the traf­fick­ing of fas­cist his­tor­i­cal revi­sion­ism. The broad­cast high­lights the par­tic­i­pa­tion in a recent Ari­zona 9/11 con­fer­ence of Holo­caust denier Eric Williams. The pro­gram also notes that “Dr.” Jim Fet­zer (co-founder of 9/11 Schol­ars for Truth) has defend­ed Eric Huf­schmid, one of the worst neo-Nazis and Holo­caust deniers in the so-called 9/11 “Truth” move­ment. “Holo­caust Denier Eric: Despite state­ments on 911Accountability.org that Eric D. Williams had “stepped down from involve­ment in the 9/11 Account­abil­i­ty Con­fer­ence,” Williams was present today (Fri­day) at a “press con­fer­ence” for the open­ing of the sym­po­sium at the Crown Plaza San Mar­cos in Chan­dler, and I have been informed that Williams will actu­al­ly have a ven­dor booth at the con­fer­ence on Sat­ur­day and Sun­day. This is aston­ish­ing con­sid­er­ing the con­tro­ver­sy that’s swirled ’round Williams and the con­fer­ence since it was revealed that Williams had authored the Holo­caust-deny­ing tome The Puz­zle of Auschwitz, which asserts that there were no killer gas-cham­bers at Auschwitz, and that there was no Final Solu­tion planned and imple­ment­ed by the Nazis against Euro­pean Jews. Because of Williams’ involve­ment, sev­er­al speak­ers dropped out of the con­fer­ence, includ­ing Dylan Avery, the boy-won­der behind Loose Change, the one gen­uine star of the 9/11 con­spir­a­cy move­ment. The fact that the con­fer­ence, head­ed by con­vict­ed felon Kent ‘Cow Killer’ Knud­son, has allowed Williams to par­tic­i­pate despite dis­avow­ing him in the past and claim­ing (wrong­ly) that he had nev­er been the Con­fer­ence Direc­tor, should com­plete­ly dis­cred­it this con­fer­ence and Knud­son, and serve as proof of the conference’s will­ing­ness to accept Holo­caust-deniers and anti-Semi­tes into their midst. Fur­ther demon­strat­ing the movement’s tol­er­ance of anti-Semi­tes was pan­elist Jim Fetzer’s defense of Eric Huf­schmid, whose site Erichufschmid.net is filled with anti-Semit­ic tripe.”
(“Holo­caust Denier Eric D. Williams Attends 9/11 Account­abil­i­ty Con­fer­ence; Prof. James Fet­zer Defends Anti-Semi­te” by Stephen Lemons; Phoenix New Times Blog; 2/23/2007.)

10. More about Fetzer’s defense of Huf­schmid. “In my opin­ion Eric Hufschmid’s work — his book Painful Ques­tions, for exam­ple, is an exem­plar of excel­lence in research,’ assert­ed Fet­zer at one point dur­ing the media event. ‘He was a pio­neer. He tack­led this dif­fi­cult sub­ject. I real­ize that on var­i­ous grounds, he’s a con­tro­ver­sial guy. That part I’m not address­ing.’ This freak Huf­schmid argues that ‘Zion­ists’ pull the strings of white suprema­cists in the U.S. He also states that: ‘The Jews are lying about the gas cham­bers and ovens;’ ‘The Jews helped Hitler and the Nazi par­ty get con­trol of Ger­many;’ ‘The Jews insti­gat­ed both world wars;’ and ‘The Jews cre­at­ed anti-Semi­tism in Ger­many to dri­ve Jews out of Europe and into Pales­tine, and to uni­fy Jews, and to bring pity to Jews.’ And this dood is ‘an exem­plar of excel­lence’? Hey, don’t hog that tailpipe, Jim, give me a whiff too. . . .” (Idem.)

11. Although not cov­ered in the orig­i­nal broad­cast, the pro­gram notes that the less-respon­si­ble ele­ments in the 9/11 Truth Move­ment con­tin­ue to cite a dis­cred­it­ed BBC report that incor­rect­ly states that many of the 9/11 hijack­ers are still alive and liv­ing in Sau­di Ara­bia. “ . . . Aware that con­spir­a­cy the­o­rists were exploit­ing the BBC’s orig­i­nal report, BBC edi­tor Steve Her­rmann made a post about it this past Octo­ber on his “Edi­tors” blog, seek­ing to straight­en out any con­fu­sion: A five-year-old sto­ry from our archive has been the sub­ject of some recent edi­to­r­i­al dis­cus­sion here. The sto­ry, writ­ten in the imme­di­ate after­math of the 9/11 attacks, was about con­fu­sion at the time sur­round­ing the names and iden­ti­ties of some of the hijack­ers. This con­fu­sion was wide­ly report­ed and was also acknowl­edged by the FBI. The sto­ry has been cit­ed ever since by some as evi­dence that the 9/11 attacks were part of a US gov­ern­ment con­spir­a­cy. We lat­er report­ed on the list of hijack­ers, there­by super­sed­ing the ear­li­er report. In the inter­ven­ing years we have also report­ed in detail on the inves­ti­ga­tion into the attacks, the 9/11 com­mis­sion and its report. We’ve car­ried the full report, exec­u­tive sum­ma­ry and main find­ings and, as part of the recent fifth anniver­sary cov­er­age, a detailed guide to what’s known about what hap­pened on the day. But con­spir­a­cy the­o­ries have per­sist­ed. The con­fu­sion over names and iden­ti­ties we report­ed back in 2001 may have arisen because these were com­mon Ara­bic and Islam­ic names. In an effort to make this clear­er, we have made one small change to the orig­i­nal sto­ry. Under the FBI pic­ture of Waleed al Shehri we have added the words “A man called Waleed Al Shehri…” to make it as clear as pos­si­ble that there was con­fu­sion over the iden­ti­ty. The rest of the sto­ry remains as it was in the archive as a record of the sit­u­a­tion at the time. We recent­ly asked the FBI for a state­ment, and this is, as things stand, the clos­est thing we have to a defin­i­tive view: The FBI is con­fi­dent that it has pos­i­tive­ly iden­ti­fied the nine­teen hijack­ers respon­si­ble for the 9/11 ter­ror­ist attacks. Also, the 9/11 inves­ti­ga­tion was thor­ough­ly reviewed by the Nation­al Com­mis­sion on Ter­ror­ist Attacks Upon the Unit­ed States and the House and Sen­ate Joint Inquiry. Nei­ther of these reviews ever raised the issue of doubt about the iden­ti­ty of the nine­teen hijack­ers. . . .
(“Ari­zona Repub­lic Pub­lish­es Puff Piece on Chan­dler 9/11 Con­fer­ence” by Phoenix New Times Blogs; 2/23/2007.)

12. Next, the pro­gram high­lights an Indi­an intel­li­gence find­ing that Islamist ter­ror­ists are manip­u­lat­ing stock mar­kets in order to gen­er­ate mon­ey. Indeed, 9/11 itself appears to have been used by some con­spir­a­tors to make a great deal of mon­ey by “sell­ing short.” (For more about the manip­u­la­tion of cap­i­tal mar­kets in con­nec­tion with 9/11, see—among oth­er programs—FTR#’s 327, 411.) “Manip­u­la­tion of stock exchanges is the new modus operan­di used by ter­ror­ist groups to raise funds for their oper­a­tions and fic­ti­tious com­pa­nies have oper­at­ed in the Mum­bai and Chen­nai stock exchanges. Reveal­ing this, Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Advi­sor M K Narayanan has said some of these com­pa­nies were lat­er traced to ter­ror­ist groups. ‘Iso­lat­ed instances of ter­ror­ist out­fits manip­u­lat­ing the stock mar­kets to raise funds for their oper­a­tions have been report­ed. Stock exchanges in Mum­bai and Chen­nai have, on occa­sions, report­ed that fic­ti­tious or notion­al com­pa­nies were engag­ing in stock mar­ket oper­a­tions,’ he said while address­ing the 43rd Con­fer­ence on Secu­ri­ty Pol­i­cy in Munich last week. Call­ing for the lift­ing of bank­ing secre­cy and the cor­po­rate veil in ter­ror­ist-relat­ed cas­es, he said secu­ri­ty agen­cies had detect­ed many instances of funds received via bank­ing chan­nels from so-called safe loca­tions like Dubai and UAE that were intend­ed for ter­ror­ist groups. Square­ly blam­ing cer­tain ‘offi­cial agen­cies’ in Pak­istan for pump­ing mil­lions of dol­lars for mil­i­tan­cy in India, he said jeha­di groups had start­ed to estab­lish a net­work of legit­i­mate busi­ness­es to fund their activ­i­ties. . . .”
(“Ter­ror­ists Are Manip­u­lat­ing Stock Exchanges: NSA”; Times of India; 2/14/2007.)

13. Con­clud­ing with dis­cus­sion of the Carl Duis­berg Soci­ety, the pro­gram presents an e‑mail from a lis­ten­er alleg­ing that the CDS has been involved with anthrax research in the Unit­ed States. The CDS appears to have spon­sored 9/11 hijack­er Mohamed Atta’s entry into Ger­many and [per­haps] the Unit­ed States. (For more about the CDS and Atta, see—among oth­er programs—FTR#’s 477, 530, 533, 536. For more about the anthrax attacks, see—among oth­er pro­grams—FTR#419.)

“I was very inter­est­ed to see your analy­sis of the link between the Carl Duis­berg Soci­ety and Muhammed Atta. I see that it was last Octo­ber, but I only recent­ly read it. I would like to point out that the CDS con­nec­tion pro­vides the first viable link between Atta and the anthrax indus­try, which seemed anx­ious to take advan­tage of the ter­ror attack. The CDS works close­ly with Fraun­hofer Ges­selshaft and Fraun­hofer USA which are Ger­man nation­al ‘dual use tech­nol­o­gy’ lab­o­ra­to­ries. They are cur­rent­ly work­ing on anthrax detec­tion anthrax vac­cines, now at Amer­i­can expense as a result of the ‘orga­ni­za­tion­al abil­i­ty’ of Carl Stein­er, him­self a CDS alum­ni and cred­it­ed with bring­ing Fraun­hofer to the cam­pus of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware. You can eas­i­ly Google search Fraun­hofer and anthrax to dis­cov­er that the Delaware sen­a­tors have arranged fund­ing for sen­si­tive tech­nol­o­gy that bypass­es the usu­al chan­nels for pro­cure­ment of such wares. If you have ques­tions, please feel free to ask.”

(Text of an e‑mail sent by a lis­ten­er.)

14. Sup­ple­ment­ing the asser­tions cit­ed by the cor­re­spon­dent, this descrip­tion offers infor­ma­tion about Karl Stein­er. Alleged by the above cor­re­spon­dent to be the man who pre­cip­i­tat­ed the Fraunhofer/CDS/Delaware rela­tion­ship. Note the role of the Carl Duis­berg Soci­ety in his cur­ricu­lum vitae. “Karl V. Stein­er has been named asso­ciate direc­tor of the Delaware Biotech­nol­o­gy Insti­tute (DBI) effec­tive Jan. 1. Stein­er will be work­ing close­ly with David S. Weir, DBI direc­tor, to posi­tion the insti­tute as a cen­ter of excel­lence in biotech­nol­o­gy and the life sci­ences. Under the lead­er­ship of Weir, the insti­tute has grown to become a $75 mil­lion statewide ini­tia­tive. Stein­er joined UD in 1984 as a vis­it­ing researcher under a fel­low­ship from the Ger­man Carl Duis­berg Soci­ety. Before to his cur­rent posi­tion, he held sev­er­al man­age­r­i­al posi­tions at CCM, which cel­e­brat­ed its 25th anniver­sary in Octo­ber. CCM is UD’s largest inter­dis­ci­pli­nary engi­neer­ing research cen­ter, with more than $5 mil­lion in con­tracts and grants a year. From 1996–98, Stein­er also served as the found­ing exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Fraun­hofer Center—Delaware, one of Delaware’s three ini­tial Advanced Tech­nol­o­gy Cen­ters under the state’s 21st Cen­tu­ry ini­tia­tive.... [Empha­sis added.]”
(“Asso­ciate Direc­tor Added to DBI Lead­er­ship Team”; From the web­site of the Delaware Biotech­nol­o­gy Insti­tute.)


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  1. Interesting...Sami al-Ari­an’s Islam­ic Jihad appears to be in merg­er talks with Hamas. And the PLO (which include Fatah) is look­ing into absorb­ing both:

    Hamas Prime Min­is­ter Says Hamas Is “Jihad Arm” Of The Mus­lim Broth­er­hood; May Merge With Islam­ic Jihad
    Glob­alMB @ Jan­u­ary 19, 2012

    Over­looked in the avalanche of news on the sub­ject is a state­ment by Hamas Prime Min­is­ter Ismail Haniyeh dur­ing a recent vis­it to the Egypt­ian Mus­lim Broth­er­hood head­quar­ters in which he described Hamas as “the Jihad arm of the Broth­er­hood, it is the Pales­tin­ian face.” Accord­ing to a Wash­ing­ton Post report:

    Two weeks lat­er, the group gave a warmer wel­come to Hamas Prime Min­is­ter Ismail Haniyeh in his first vis­it out­side the Gaza Strip since the mil­i­tant group over­ran the ter­ri­to­ry in 2007. He was received at the Brotherhood’s main head­quar­ters by a line of young men and veiled women wav­ing green Hamas flags. The vis­it sug­gest­ed the Broth­er­hood will seek to stronger ties with Hamas, which the Mubarak gov­ern­ment gen­er­al­ly shunned, even help­ing Israel in the post-2007 block­ade of Gaza. Haniyeh empha­sized the his­toric link between the groups. Hamas is an ofshoot of the Broth­er­hood, though the Broth­er­hood dis­avowed vio­lence in the 1970s. “The Islam­ic resis­tance group of Hamas is the Jihad arm of the Broth­er­hood, it is the Pales­tin­ian face,” Haniyeh said.

    Mean­while, and appro­pri­ate­ly, AFP is report­ing that Hamas and Islam­ic Jihad are hold­ing talks about a pos­si­ble merg­er of the two orga­ni­za­tions. Accord­ing to the report:

    Hamas and Islam­ic Jihad, the two main Pales­tin­ian Islamist move­ments, are hold­ing talks about merg­ing their two fac­tions, sources from both move­ments said Tues­day. At a meet­ing with top offi­cials from Islam­ic Jihad, Gaza’s Hamas-affil­i­at­ed prime min­is­ter, Ismail Haniya, called for “open­ing a seri­ous dia­logue to achieve the merg­er of the two move­ments,” his office said in a state­ment. Islam­ic Jihad con­firmed that talks to merge the two fac­tions were already under­way. “An in-depth dia­logue has actu­al­ly begun, both inter­nal­ly and exter­nal­ly, with the aim of unit­ing,” Islam­ic Jihad spokesman Daud Shi­hab told AFP, refer­ring to the group’s lead­er­ship which, like Hamas, is based in both Gaza and Dam­as­cus. All pre­vi­ous attempts to merge the two Islamist move­ments had end­ed in fail­ure, Shi­hab not­ed. He indi­cat­ed that the cur­rent talks were tak­ing place “at the high­est lev­el” among the lead­ers of both fac­tions in Gaza and Dam­as­cus, as well as among Islamist pris­on­ers cur­rent­ly being held in Israeli jails. Unit­ing the two move­ments would be “in the inter­est of both the Pales­tin­ian cause and the future of the Pales­tin­ian lib­er­a­tion move­ment, par­tic­u­lar­ly in light of the Arab Spring,” Shi­hab said. The lat­est state­ments rep­re­sent the first time for Hamas and Jihad to speak pub­licly about merg­ing. The two fac­tions have long held oppos­ing views on gov­ern­ment, with Jihad boy­cotting the last Pales­tin­ian elec­tions in 2006 that were swept by Hamas. The ini­tia­tive to explore a merg­er comes as Hamas and its Fatah rival, which dom­i­nates the West Bank-based Pales­tin­ian Author­i­ty, strug­gle to imple­ment a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion deal signed in April 2011 that has made lit­tle progress on the ground. There are also moves to reform the Pales­tine Lib­er­a­tion Organ­i­sa­tion (PLO), which is inter­na­tion­al­ly recog­nised as the sole legit­i­mate rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Pales­tin­ian peo­ple, to allow Hamas and Islam­ic Jihad to join it. It also comes in the wake of a series of elec­toral suc­cess­es for Islamist par­ties in Egypt and Tunisia fol­low­ing the polit­i­cal upheavals brought on by the Arab Spring.

    The Hamas char­ter states that it is ” is one of the wings of the Mus­lim Broth­ers in Pales­tine” and an ear­ly media report indi­cat­ed that short­ly after Hamas took over the Gaza strip, Mus­lim Broth­er­hood rep­re­sen­ta­tives were present to review Hamas mil­i­tary for­ma­tions. In 2007, a Hamas jour­nal­ist acknowl­edged the role that the “inter­na­tion­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood” has played in pro­vid­ing funds for the pur­chase of weapons and in 2008, an Israeli TV sta­tion report­ed that Mus­lim Broth­er­hood “rep­re­sen­ta­tives” had trav­eled to Gaza from Egypt through the open bor­der to meet with Hamas. Hamas is sup­port­ed finan­cial­ly and polit­i­cal­ly by the glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood and a NEFA Foun­da­tion report has doc­u­ment­ed the Hamas fund-rais­ing activ­i­ties of the Union of Good, a coali­tion of Islam­ic char­i­ties linked to the Broth­er­hood that pro­vides finan­cial sup­port to both the Hamas “social” infra­struc­ture, as well as its ter­ror­ist activ­i­ties. Pre­vi­ous posts have also dis­cussed the world­wide cam­paign orches­trat­ed by the glob­al Broth­er­hood against Israeli actions in Gaza dur­ing the 2008–2009 con­flict with Israel. Anti-Semit­ic and anti-Israeli incite­ment in Hamas media is com­mon­ly report­ed.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | January 21, 2012, 8:46 pm

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