Financial Times confuses Bahraini minister with 9/11 suspect


This video is called CNN – Bahrain security forces torture doctors, medics and patients.

By Sydney Smith:

Financial Times Mistakes Bahrain Foreign Minister in Photo as Accused 9/11 ‘Plotter’

December 26, 2013 05:00 AM EST

Whoops! The Financial Times wrongly used a photo of Bahrain‘s foreign minister, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al Khalifa, with a report on accused 9/11 terrorist Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, the Huffington Post reported.

The Financial Times‘ Dec. 21/22 story was titled “Guantanamo inmates face two divergent paths after 12 years” and included a photo of the foreign minister captioned as “among five detainees on trial.”  The caption of the photo called him the accused terrorist.

The Financial Times has published a correction and apology to the foreign minister, “Apology to His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al Khalifa.”

This reminds me of the FBI in the USA confusing photos of Osama bin Laden with Spanish Leftist politician Gaspar Llamazares. There are differences between these two cases, though.

The Financial Times is an unarmed newspaper business. So, the Financial Times‘ misidentification was not a danger for Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al Khalifa in a big way. While the FBI is an armed organization; some of its members have a “licence to kill”. The FBI did put Gaspar Llamazares’ life in danger.

Though the FBI misidentified Gaspar Llamazares in January 2010, today, almost four years later, they have still not apologized for that as far is I know. Maybe they did not like Gaspar Llamazares’ criticism of George W Bush’s Iraq war? While, on the other hand, the Financial Times apologized immediately and profusely to Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al Khalifa.

There is still a third difference. Gaspar Llamazares was and is completely innocent of any terrorism. While hundreds of thousands of Bahrainis will consider Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al Khalifa, as a member of the royal dynasty and of the Bahraini government, engaged in bloody repression of the Bahraini pro-democracy movement, to be a “state terrorist”, roughly in the same league as al-Qaeda.

South Korean consumer products aren’t hard to find in Bahrain, one of the fastest-growing markets in the Persian Gulf for conglomerate Samsung Electronics. But more than two years into anti-government protests in the Gulf state, it is South Korean tear gas – rather than smartphones or flat-screen TVs – that is attracting international scrutiny for its role in an unfinished chapter of the Arab Spring: here.

Bush and 9/11, new documents


This video from the USA is called Richard Clarke: Bush IGNORED terrorism.

By Mark Karlin, editor of BUZZFLASH at TRUTHOUT in the USA:

Bush Lied About 9/11, and Now We Have the Documents to Prove It

Wed, 06/20/2012 – 1:19pm.

At the time of 9/11, BuzzFlash was one of the extremely few major progressive websites on the Internet.

In the months and years following the suicidal hijacking attacks on the Twin Towers, BuzzFlash relentlessly exposed the negligence of the Bush administration in preventing the massacre from happening. (This is not to be confused with the 9/11 conspiracy movement, not at all.)

One of the biggest smoking guns was that Bush had received a CIA briefing while he was in Texas on vacation (in August of 2001), as currently recounted in a Salon article about a recent document dump:

Many of the documents publicize for the first time what was first made clear in the 9/11 Commission: The White House received a truly remarkable amount of warnings that al-Qaida was trying to attack the United States. From June to September 2001, a full seven CIA Senior Intelligence Briefs detailed that attacks were imminent, an incredible amount of information from one intelligence agency. One from June called “Bin-Ladin and Associates Making Near-Term Threats” writes that “[redacted] expects Usama Bin Laden to launch multiple attacks over the coming days.”

The famous August brief[ing] called “Bin Ladin Determined to Strike the US” is included. “Al-Qai’da members, including some US citizens, have resided in or travelled to the US for years, and the group apparently maintains a support structure here,” it says. During the entire month of August, President Bush was on vacation at his ranch in Texas – which tied with one of Richard Nixon’s as the longest vacation ever taken by a president. CIA Director George Tenet has said he didn’t speak to Bush once that month, describing the president as being “on leave.” Bush did not hold a Principals’ meeting on terrorism until September 4, 2001, having downgraded the meetings to a deputies’ meeting, which then-counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke has repeatedly said slowed down anti-Bin Laden efforts “enormously, by months.”

As BuzzFlash recalls, Bush curtly dismissed the CIA briefer discussing the secret document headlined “Bin Ladin Determined to Strike the US” by telling the Langley liaison that “You have covered your ass, so now you can go (paraphrased).”

Futhermore, Condi Rice admitted later to having seen the same document, but neither she, the CIA, nor Bush did anything – absolutely nothing – about it. The document and others like it specifically mentioned hijackings, but the Bush White House did not heighten security at airports (not even notifying them) of the likelihood of imminent hijackings. Since the attacks on the Twin Towers were hijackings, such an action could have prevented the deaths of more than 3000 people.

This is what is best called governmental and personal negligence. Bush laughably – in a tragic sort of way – once conceded that if he had known that terrorists had planned hijacking planes into the Trade Center specifically, they might have done something to prevent it. But the mainstream corporate media failed to challenge him on the notion that he failed to issue any security measure to prevent hijackings, in general, which could have prevented the horrible debacle.

And Condi Rice claimed that no one had ever thought that planes would have been flown into buildings, when there was ample intelligence information that this was to be an expected strategy of Al-Qai’da and perhaps other terrorist groups. (In fact, Bush stayed on a boat during a world economic conference in Italy just shortly prior to 9/11 out of concern of an airborne terrorist attack on hotels.)

Salon furthermore points out that the newly released documents indicate that when the Bush administration took over from the Clinton administration it downgraded the hunt for Usama bin Laden. Translation: the Bush administration put the US more at risk.

It is hard to believe after a decade that Bush, Rice and the whole crew who – if they were in the military likely would have been court martialed for their negligence – are walking freely around the US at this time, as if they bear no responsibility for failing to prevent what happened on 9/11.

The newly released declassified CIA documents, sought by the National Security Archives under Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests, make the case that the US was betrayed by laziness (including Bush on his month long vacation interrupted by photo ops of him clearing brush) and egregious incompetence.

See also here. And here.

Chile’s 9/11


From Democracy NOW! in the USA about this video:

Epitaph for Another 9/11: Renown Writer Ariel Dorfman on 1973 U.S.-Backed Coup in Chile

“That September 11, that lethal Tuesday morning, I awoke with dread to the sound of planes flying above my house. When, an hour later, I saw smoke billowing from the center of the city, I knew that life had changed for me, for my country, forever.” Those are the words of our guest, Chilean-American author Ariel Dorfman, writing not about the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon 10 years ago this week, but another September 11.

On September 11, 1973 a U.S.-backed coup in Chile led by General Augusto Pinochet ousted Chile’s democratically elected president, Salvador Allende. Allende died in the palace on that day. Ariel Dorfman served as a cultural adviser to Salvador Allende from 1970 to 1973. After the coup, he went into exile, and today he is recognized as one of Latin America’s greatest writers. “Chile reacted to the terror that was inflicted upon us with nonviolent resistance. In other words, for instance, we did not go and bomb Washington because Washington had ordered and helped to create the coup in Chile. On the contrary, we created a peaceful revolution against Pinochet,” Dorfman notes.

“If you contrast that to the United States, to what Bush did as a result of this very small band of terrorists, the results have been absolutely terrible. If this was a test—and I think great catastrophes are always tests of national values and national will—alas, the United States has failed that test terribly.” [includes rush transcript]

Chile remembers its 9/11. Thousands march to remember more than 3,000 people killed during Pinochet dictatorship that was launched 38 years ago: here.

Jeffrey Kaye and Jason Leopold, Truthout: “Senior Pentagon officials scrubbed key details about a top-secret military intelligence unit’s efforts in tracking Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda from official reports they prepared for a Congressional committee probing the 9/11 terrorist attacks, new documents obtained by Truthout reveal”: here.

A Year Before 9/11, Intelligence Unit Determined World Trade Center, Pentagon “Most Likely Buildings to Be Attacked”: here.

Stephen F. Rohde, Truthout: “The tenth anniversary of 9/11 is a fitting opportunity to ask the urgent question: What has the US government done to human rights, civil liberties and the rule of law in the name of fighting terrorism?… In a revealing new book, ‘The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration and Abuse,’ Marjorie Cohn, law professor and president of the National Lawyers Guild, has collected 14 incisive and comprehensive essays which, taken together, serve as a detailed indictment of the Bush administration for its acts of commission and the Obama administration for its acts of omission”: here.

10 Years After 9/11, the Sikh Community Remains a Target of Violence and Harassment in the U.S.: here.

9/11, wars and Islamophobia


This is a video from the USA called Gainesville Muslim Community Organizes Vigils, Teach-Ins to Counter Planned Quran Burning.

USA: For nearly a decade, Washington has exploited the shock and grief surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to justify wars of aggression abroad and attacks on democratic rights at home. Now, the ninth anniversary of 9/11 is overshadowed by the confused and repulsive media circus surrounding a Florida religious crackpot’s proposed burning of the Koran: here.

The War Pornographers Keep Waving The 9/11 Bloody Shirt: here.

Thousands Of Afghans In Anti-Quran-Burning Protest: here.

Police have opened fired on over 10,000 demonstrators in an impoverished Kabul neighbourhood as they protested against the massive Western military presence in their country: here.

Europeans may still like Barack Obama more than Americans do, but they’re turning against him on Afghanistan: here.

Korans vandalized in New York, Washington on 9/11 anniversary: here.

“On 9th Anniversary of 9/11, A Call to Close Guantanamo & to Hold Accountable Those Who Authorized Torture”: here.

Protesters marching for and against plans to build an interfaith community centre near the site of the September 11 2001 attacks rallied in Manhattan on Saturday waving placards reading: “The attack on Islam is racism” and “Never forgive, never forget – no WTC mosque”: here.

Coalition to Stop Islamophobia Denounces 9/11 Quran Burnings: here.

The Hip-Hop Response to Islamophobia: here.

USA: End of Summer Sees Growing Threats to Abortion Clinics and Mosques: here.

The image of the United States as a bastion of religious tolerance is reassuring—and utterly at odds with the historical record: here.

Bill O’Reilly promotes 9/11 “truthers”: here.

U.S.: 9/11 Rescue Workers Still Waiting for Healthcare: here.

Check out the Democracy Now! archives for extensive reporting on Sept. 11 related health issues: here.

Survey: Americans don’t know much about religion: here.

After France, Israel considers ‘banning the burqa’: here.