All entries for Wednesday 30 July 2008
July 30, 2008
Dear Mr. Davis,
We spoke after the Observer debate “Is Liberty in Peril?” During the Q&A I asked the panel whether they would support a new international criminal investigation into the 9/11 attacks considering that;
1. The alleged lead hijacker, Mohammad Atta was wired $100,000 on the orders of General Mahmoud Ahmed, head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency.
2. Many alleged hijackers were hosted at institutions run by the US military:
Ahmed al-Nami, Ahmed al-Ghamdi and Saeed al-Ghamdi stayed at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. The latter also attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. Abdul Aziz Alomari attended Brookes Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Also, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, who had the most obvious ties to extreme militant Islamic groups, rented an apartment from, and lived with, an FBI informant, Abdussattar Shaikh, from September until December 2000.
When we spoke you expressed uncertainty over a new investigation into 9/11 but confirmed that you support an inquiry into the July 7th 2005 bombings in London. It will be crucial, should you campaign loudly for this cause, that you focus on the following issue:
Haroon Rashid Aswat, the man identified by US counter-terrorism officials as the mastermind of 7/7, having had regular phone contact with the alleged bombers, and having visited their home towns as well as selecting the targets in London, turns out to have been working for British intelligence. John Loftus, president of the International Intelligence Summit and a former Justice Department federal prosecutor, has noted that while British police have ostensibly been chasing after Aswat, another “wing of the British government, MI6 or the British Secret Service, has been hiding him”. Following 7/7, Aswat was arrested in Pakistan but was released within 24 hours. He then made it to Zambia, where he was deported on 7 August 2005 and arrested by British police on a US warrant. But while he has been extradited to the US on charges of setting up a terrorist training camp in Oregon in 1999 (Loftus claims that the Justice Department ordered authorities not to touch Aswat at the time this was originally discovered), the Associated Press reported that Scotland Yard “were not interested in speaking to Aswat about the London attacks”.
Mr. Davis, we must address the systematic appeasement and outright protection of known terrorists in any debate about our civil liberties in this highly manipulated “War on Terror”. We are being asked to accept unprecedented state power in the face of massive civil disempowerment when existing laws and protocols created to apprehend terrorists are systematically and quite deliberately not being enforced.
I would really appreciate a committal response to my suggestion that you twin a campaign for an inquiry into 7/7 with one for a re-examination of 9/11 and the “War on Terror” it unleashed. I hope that unlike other politicians who have been contacted about this (e.g. William Hague) you do not simply cite the 2004 9/11 Commission Report as a definitive investigation. On page 172 of the report the following statement is made:
“To date the U.S. government has not been able to determine the origin of the money used for the 9/11 attacks. Ultimately the question is of little practical significance.”
This is unconscionable. The Times of India, the Asia Times, India Today, The Wall Street Journal, Agence France Presse, The Australian, and the Federal News Service all reported Omar Sheikh’s $100,000 donation to Mohammad Atta at the behest of the ISI’s Mahmoud Ahmed. Michael Meacher MP commented on the nature of Atta’s funding in a Guardian article mainly focussing on the issues surrounding 7/7 that I have outlined, “Britain now faces its own blowback”. He cited Dennis Lormel, the head of the FBI financial crime section, as his source.
I recommend that you contact Michael Meacher for further discussion and clarification of the reasons why the war on terrorism is “bogus”, as he boldly put it in another article in 2003. I understand that Mr. Meacher has been in contact with Yukihisa Fujita of the Democratic Party of Japan to discuss ways of raising consciousness of the need for a new investigation into 9/11 amongst politicians across the globe and across the political spectrum.
If in doubt about the legitimacy of the concerns I have raised in this letter, I recommend you consult the well-sourced work of Nafeez Ahmed (whose book on the London Bombings I gather you already possess). And talk
with Mr. Meacher. I hope that a cross-party war on error can soon be waged in Parliament.