by jimd3100 | OpEdNews | January 12, 2008 at 13:09:19
We know now that the CIA kept from the 9/11 Commission tapes of al Qaeda suspects in violation of law. But why isn’t mainstream media (MSM) reporting about other tapes U.S. Intelligence kept from the 9/11 Commission?
In today’s 2-minute news sound bites it’s easy to deceive. Anthrax is released in letters and you are to believe that it came from Iraq. Next thing you know, we have a war in Iraq to eliminate their none existent stockpiles of anthrax. An “al Qaeda” suicide tape is released and you are to believe it came from al Qaeda.
Since the most important 9/11 hijackers were ringleader Mohammed Atta and Ziad Zarrah, let’s take a close look at the release of their “last will” tape and how it was reported. Clearly, the CIA kept other important 9/11 tapes from the 9/11 Commission and MSM helped with the cover-up.
The so-called Laughing Hijackers tape was obtained by London Sunday Times on September 30, 2006 and reported the next day. Read closely this article from MSNBC and you will see this quote about this “Al Qaeda” video. “The images were taken from a videotape the U.S. military supposedly recovered from an al Qaeda compound after the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001.” That’s right – the U.S Government had these tapes for five years before they were mysteriously delivered to the media.
But MSNBC didn’t break this story – the London Sunday Times did. “The Sunday Times has obtained a copy of the video through a previously tested channel.” “Previously tested channel” to me means, this isn’t the first time. It’s worth noting that the person the tapes were delivered to previously worked for Al Jeezra and was the one who broke previous al Qaeda tape releases. His name is Yosri Fouda.
How did ABC report this leak of these “new” tapes that the U.S. Government had for five years and that no one knew about? This is the first sentence under their headline “The Man Who Received Tape From Al Qaeda Talks to ABC About the Al Qaeda PR Machine.” Now am I wrong, or does that seem to indicate these tapes came from al Qaeda? In this article they pretend these tapes came from al Qaeda. They didn’t.
Here is a little nugget from CNN on their reporting “A U.S. intelligence official told CNN the intelligence community has been aware of the video for some time.” No kidding. They had these tapes for five years. I say tapes because when this was released there were two parts of this video according to the breaking story.
Dates on the tape show Atta was filmed on January 18, 2000, together with Ziad Jarrah, the pilot of United Airlines flight 93. The high quality, unedited film shows bin Laden addressing his followers at the mud-walled complex near Kandahar. Dating on the tape indicates that the Al Qaeda leader was filmed on January 8, 2000, ten days before Atta and Jarrah recorded their wills.
The tapes consist of two parts: Atta and Jarrah supposedly reading their wills dated January 18, 2000, and a speech by bin Ladin dated January 8, 2000. You can watch them here.
I urge you to watch the bin Laden speech and try to convince yourself that this is not a surveillance tape, made in order to capture the images of people there. That seems to be what it is. It pans the crowd and freeze-frames their images before moving on to another. There is not a whole lot of interest in the speech and the speaker. It is odd, don’t you think, to focus on people in the audience instead of the speaker at the event? Why would al Qaeda do surveillance on themselves? They wouldn’t.
But to pretend U.S. intelligence didn’t want to do surveillance on Al Qaeda is laughable. Of course they did, which brings up the ugly possibility that these tapes were not “found” in some house in Afghanistan in 2001 but were actually made by U.S. Intelligence.
One thing is not in question though, although MSM wouldn’t tell you this: this was used as a surveillance tape. While this tape was kept secret from the 9/11 Commission, it was being used on detainees in Guantanamo to try to get them to confess to being members of Al Qaeda. Here is the proof.
In March 2006, seven months before the world was told of these tapes a movie was already made and released documenting the experiences of three people who were actually held in Guantanamo. These three people who were finally deemed innocent had their experience acted out in the docudrama Road to Guantanamo.
At 1:38 into this clip, a person from Washington DC shows a tape of a bin Laden speech dated Jan 8 2000 this interrogation was being done in 2003. So in 2003, the Government was using this tape in Guantanamo as a surveillance tape. Three years later, they released it along with the Atta video to the reporter who received the “al Qaeda” tapes.
According to the MSNBC article, they had this tape just after 9/11 and before the start of the 9/11 Commission. After the 9/11 Commission was concluded, they anonymously released it to an overseas reporter who received the other “al Qaeda” tapes. It was then reported in MSM as an al Qaeda tape. The media helped the U.S. Government pass this off as an al Qaeda tape, keeping the public in the dark.
Does the 9/11 Commission even care that this was kept from them? Why don’t they bring this up? Why doesn’t the media? The only site that seemed to notice this and tried to get attention focused on it was PrisonPlanet.
But since this is a so-called “conspiracy site” why pay heed to it? Because, I just showed you a conspiracy has taken place. This article stated, “Immediate Congressional investigation demanded.” Finally, over a year later, the Senate Intelligence Committee is holding hearings on the CIA keeping tapes from the 9/11 Commission. But not these tapes.
The time has come for MSM and Congress to start doing their jobs and start being honest with the American people. And the time is now for the American people to start demanding answers. On January 16, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence will hold a hearing on the CIA tapes.
Of course it’s a closed hearing, but demand they ask about these tapes as well. Contact them here. Stop letting them get away with deceiving you.